Book List: Conceptualising the Caliphate

Following our latest podcast episode, we turn to the topic of Islamic governance in this edition of our bimonthly book recommendations. These works span the fields of history, theory, and practice, providing various angles from which to consider Islamic politics today. Have a title you think we should read? Comment below or let us know on Twitter @QarawiyyinProj. Read our previous recommendations here 1) Longing … Continue reading Book List: Conceptualising the Caliphate

The women of Tuggurt in their houses: Framings of women’s liberation in Algeria

Sabrina Amrane Shortly after he rose to power, former President of Algeria Houari Boumediene visited Tuggurt, a city more than 600km south of Algiers. His arrival is documented on film, where you can see him carefully step down from a private plane and then wave from a Lincoln town car, followed by dozens of police Vespas. When looking closely at the black-and-white montage, one can … Continue reading The women of Tuggurt in their houses: Framings of women’s liberation in Algeria

Economics of the individual: Unpacking homo economicus and islamicus

Essayem Amal “Science is essentially a problem-solving activity.” This is how Larry Lauden begins his well-known book Progress and Its Problems[1]. While this is not an article on epistemology, this quote is a good place to start thinking about how theories do not always reflect reality. Science ultimately aims to explain and control the natural world by the resolution or clarification of problems. Scientists, through knowledge, seek … Continue reading Economics of the individual: Unpacking homo economicus and islamicus

Navigating religious knowledge on the method of Aisha

Ustadha Jinan Yousef Living in the information age, it has never been easier to access data. While this means that knowledge is now accessible to most, we are faced with information (and misinformation) overload. Thus, basic critical thinking and information literacy is crucial, particularly when it comes to religious knowledge. Part of the reason many of us are left with less clarity is because we are … Continue reading Navigating religious knowledge on the method of Aisha

Barakah – The Black Woman who Rocked the Prophet’s Cradle

Aishah A. When asked to illustrate examples of social cohesion and absence of racism in the Islamic faith, Muslims will often point to the example of Bilal, may Allah be pleased with him: an Ethiopian slave who went on to become one of the foremost Companions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the first muaddhin of Islam. However, less frequently mentioned is Barakah bint Tha’labah: a … Continue reading Barakah – The Black Woman who Rocked the Prophet’s Cradle