Critiquing influencer culture

Seven months in, 2020 has proven a hard year for influencers. The coronavirus pandemic that swept across the world saw many millionaire YouTubers and Instagrammers struggling to make ends meet[1], as advertising contracts were cut and lockdown measures limited content production. The industry was also the target of criticism in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests across the world, after many social media stars … Continue reading Critiquing influencer culture

Indefinitely Quarantined: The case of the elderly

Aaminah Y. Usama Ibn Munqidh slayed crusaders and grappled with lions. He was struck by spears and pelted with arrows, yet he did not die in battle. Entering his 90th year, he wrote: “Far easier is death at any army’s head than the taxations of a lingering life of pain and dread.” His years of service to the kings had come to an end as … Continue reading Indefinitely Quarantined: The case of the elderly

Towards an Islamic Discourse of Development

Competition in [worldly] increase diverts you, until you visit the graveyards. [102:1-2] While working towards the tazkiyyah of a society fraught with economic exploitation and hedonism, it is futile to try and combat these symptoms without interrogating the conditions from which they arose. Unfortunately, much of the discussion on Islamic economics has been relegated to Islamic finance and banking—in other words, a discussion on how … Continue reading Towards an Islamic Discourse of Development

Book List #2 – February ’19

Check out the second edition of our monthly book list, a roundup of four book recommendations related to Islam, politics, social issues, and anything else we think is worth reading. The monthly list will include books whose authors or ideas we may or may not agree with, but that we find interesting and useful for generating discussion. Have a title you think we should read? … Continue reading Book List #2 – February ’19

Materialism is an identity crisis

By Aisha Mohsin “Materialism is an identity crisis” How intelligently does Mr. Bryant McGill put the whole idea into perspective? Before we discuss why materialism is an identity crisis, we must ponder over what identity actually means and what are the factors leading to its crisis. What is Identity?  Identity is defined as “a sense of self” or “the distinguishing character/personality of an individual”. We … Continue reading Materialism is an identity crisis