• October 5, 2016 |

    Racism at the University: Silence, Indifference and Culpability

    “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Martin Luther King’s words are as true today as the time they were uttered during the tumultuous years of the 1960s. I don’t…

    Politics Race/Racism
  • September 28, 2016 |

    The First U.S. Presidential Debate: Divided We Shall Remain!

    The first U.S. presidential debate is already behind us and the day after, the American people are still as split as they were for the past 16 years.  We find the country is divided on almost every issue: race and racism, gender and equal pay, immigration, war on terror, military expenditures, NATO, healthcare, economy, taxes,…

    Politics Race/Racism
  • September 7, 2016 |

    Muslim Intellectuals and America’s Imperial Project!

    The role of the intellectual in these difficult times is paramount as debates on every issue abound in contemporary society. Nothing from the economy to the environment, race relations to healthcare, and migration to outer space exploration escape the debates and are all in contestation and in flux. At the outset, let’s not posit that…

    De-Colonial Islam Islamic Politics Islamic Thought Muslims in America Politics Race/Racism
  • September 4, 2016 |

    Does Europe Have an Inquisition Problem?

    Switzerland banned the construction of minarets; Spain and Italy have placed heavy restrictions on permits for building new mosques; Austria adopted a law to redefine the status of Islam and Muslims in the country; France has layered bans on the Hijab, Niqab and now Burkini; and the continent-wide massive surveillance of Muslims raises an important question: Will Europe forever have…

    Colonialism Muslim History Politics Race/Racism
  • August 31, 2016 |

    France’s Burkini Ban: the Theater of the Absurd “an Outfit Respecting Good Morals and Secularism.”

    The attempt by a number of French coastal mayors to ban the burkini  is a clear sign that Islamophobia has entered into the theater of the absurd. How else can we explain this new attack on Muslim women in civil society other than absurdity that is backed up by law and power? When the police…

    Islam Islamophobia Race/Racism
  • August 24, 2016 |

    Ahmed Abu Ghosh’s Olympic Gold Medal and the Expulsion of Palestinians

    Ahmed Abu Ghosh won Jordan’s first ever Olympic gold medal by winning the men’s 68-kg taekwondo competition, which is a major achievement. However, Ahmed’s victory immediately elicited Israeli claims over him, especially with the fact that the Abu Ghosh family comes from the village with the same name in Israel. Here, Ahmed was entered into…

    Colonialism Palestine Race/Racism
  • August 17, 2016 |

    Erasure of the Human

    In France, I encountered a number of refugees who had their fingerprints completely scratched over, burned or partially disfigured. One of the main distinguishing features of being a unique member of the human family is reflected in fingerprints as no two are identical. A fingerprint is a defining characteristic of every human around the world….

    Colonialism Race/Racism
  • July 28, 2016 |

    The Refugee: the Commodified Human

    During a summer immersion course on immigration and refugees, we had the honor to be visited by Yousif, a Sudanese refugee “living” in Paris after a nearly four-month torturous journey. He shared his story, which started from the moment he left his home up until arriving in Paris. Yousif’s story began with him and his…

    Colonialism Islamic Politics Politics Race/Racism
  • July 21, 2016 |

    On Military Coups and Post-Colonialism

    The failed military coup attempt in Turkey will possibly bring an end to a pernicious feature that has been around throughout the postcolonial period. Military coups and interventions are a permanent feature of the postcolonial state. While the Turkish experience with direct colonialism is non-existent, the effects of Eurocentric discourses and the shift toward Europe…

    Colonialism De-Colonial Islamic Politics Politics Race/Racism
  • July 13, 2016 |

    Confronting Race in America!

    It was an increasingly a normal week in America’s violence-riddled streets and cities.  The response and solidarity expressed after the murder of the officers by Micah Johnson, a 25-year-old African-American former Army reservist, was appropriate but also incomplete.  We are experiencing a profound entrenchment of racial attitudes and a collapse of the civil rights pact…

    Politics Race/Racism