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

January ’22 Book Recommendations

The team at the Qarawiyyin Project has gathered four of our favorite reads from the last year. From politics to practical advice, these books will encourage a reflective and productive year to come, insha’Allah. Have a title you think we should read? Comment down below or let us know on Twitter @QarawiyyinProj. Read our previous recommendations here Ayyuhal Walad | Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali The … Continue reading January ’22 Book Recommendations

From Virtue to Vice: The Deception of Spiritual Arrogance

Rushda N. I remember a time when I thought my faith was indestructible. That I’d never give it up the way I’d seen others around me do, because I was better than that. It never occurred to me that my self-assuredness was simply arrogance — cloaked in religiosity. How could I be led astray? I was firm. I was resolute. I was wrong. Before I … Continue reading From Virtue to Vice: The Deception of Spiritual Arrogance