Strangers: An Ethical Framework of Gharabah | Part I

This article is the first of a two-part series constructing an Islamic ethical framework around the concept of “strangers”. You can read Part II here. Aseel Azab-Osman This conversation starts with a simple premise: as human beings, whether consciously or not, we tend to historicise. We try to make sense of our current moment within larger contexts and timeframes, and we do so by relying … Continue reading Strangers: An Ethical Framework of Gharabah | Part I

PODCAST: Discussion with Muslims in Plain Sight

In this episode of the Muslims in Plain Sight podcast, our editor Aisha and podcast producer Sarah join hosts Anisa and Khadija to reflect on two decades since 9/11. We discuss the legacies of the early response of Muslim communities to 9/11 and the shape of the post-War on Terror world, how Muslim identity has been fashioned by apologetics instead of creed, and whether the … Continue reading PODCAST: Discussion with Muslims in Plain Sight

Ep. 20: “Islam and the Arab Revolutions” | Book Talk

Published at the beginning of this year, Usaama Al-Azami’s Islam and the Arab Revolutions: The Ulama Between Democracy and Autocracy analyzes the rhetoric of religious scholars throughout the Arab Spring. Focusing on the Egyptian revolution, Al-Azami explains what defines the factions standing for or against the revolution and assesses their key figures, including Ali Gomaa, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, and Abdullah Bin Bayyah. On Episode 20, we … Continue reading Ep. 20: “Islam and the Arab Revolutions” | Book Talk

Cultural Imperialism and Saving Muslim Women

Growing up, I often joined my parents and watched the evening news on television, through which I became aware of the various injustices faced by vulnerable populations across the world. Coming from a South Asian background, I was conscious of the unjust cultural practices many women from the subcontinent were subject to. As a teenager, I felt compelled to be involved in efforts to serve … Continue reading Cultural Imperialism and Saving Muslim Women

Women and Education in the Historical Muslim World

Ayah Aboelela “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim”. This narration from the Prophet ﷺ is one of dozens of hadiths that emphasize the value of education in Islam. It is no wonder, then, that education has always been a central component of every Muslim society in history. Today, our ummah owes much to our foremothers and forefathers who used whatever means they had … Continue reading Women and Education in the Historical Muslim World