Makkah: The Commodification of a City

Aisha Hasan Home to the most sacred mosque on Earth, the city of Makkah holds a special place in the hearts of all Muslims. Throughout Islamic history it has a held a nostalgia, not only as the beloved homeland of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, but also as home to the Prophets Ibrahim and Ismail. For centuries, pilgrims have flocked to Makkah during the Hajj season, … Continue reading Makkah: The Commodification of a City

Islamo-leftism: The making of new vocabularies in the liberal world

Huda Mohamed Shareef  ‘Islamo-leftism’ is the latest islamophobic accusation to be levelled at French universities by the French Minister for Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal: “Islamo-leftism is plaguing the entire society. I am going to call for an investigation into all the currents of research on these subjects in the universities, so we can distinguish proper academic research from activism and opinion.”[1] Despite its recent appearance, it … Continue reading Islamo-leftism: The making of new vocabularies in the liberal world

Reflections on Violence

Israel’s recent bombardment of the Gaza Strip has brought the occupation of Palestine back into the mainstream media. After ten days of heavy bombardment, the Friday ceasefire saw the Palestinian death toll at 248, including 66 children, with nearly 2,000 wounded. With nearly 17,000 homes, 53 schools, six hospitals, and four mosques destroyed or damaged, as well as 50% of Gaza’s water supply infrastructure, the … Continue reading Reflections on Violence

Emily and Empire

Musabika Nabiha Days after Netflix’s latest production Emily in Paris premiered to millions of viewers around the world, a critic described it as a “love letter to American exceptionalism.”[1] In the days that followed, tweeters and digital publications alike echoed the sentiment: the show disrespects French culture, its portrayals of French people are wrong and clichéd, and worst of all, its protagonist displays a supreme American … Continue reading Emily and Empire

Why Muslims should care about war studies

Esra N. Kandur The post-9/11 era has witnessed an entire generation of Muslims reach adulthood with a heightened sense of political awareness. With increased public scrutiny of Muslims around the world and greater coverage of events in Muslim countries, the news is often a subject of constant discussion at home. Whether rooted in an ummatic consciousness or feelings of conflicted identity, young Muslims in several … Continue reading Why Muslims should care about war studies