Gender series: “I just don’t think Muslim women should be working”

“I just don’t think Muslim women should be working … I mean, as a Muslim woman, your duty is to look after your husband and children; it’s the man’s duty to provide, and the woman’s duty to take care of the household.” “This is a modern day issue. Muslim women of the past knew their roles and responsibilities; they didn’t neglect their husbands and children … Continue reading Gender series: “I just don’t think Muslim women should be working”

Bogeymen and where to find them: Reading Bennabi

Sarah B. Who can we blame for the ummah’s problems? Muslim governments? Non-Muslim governments? Scholars? Activists?  Or can we blame events, historical and contemporary — colonisation or the War on Terror? Or do we blame ourselves? Are our material conditions a reflection of our spiritual state? The list of culprits is endless, but such attributions of blame rarely serve as a mirror to assess our … Continue reading Bogeymen and where to find them: Reading Bennabi

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