Podcast Ep. 11: Palestine – Revelation and Realpolitik | Dr. Aysha Wazwaz

The Qarawiyyin Podcast welcomes Dr. Aysha Wazwaz for a discussion on Palestine. As we witness shifting rhetoric about the liberation of Palestine, normalisation efforts with the occupying force, and complicity from religious scholars in these efforts, we ask: what is the religious significance of Palestine? Why are Muslims dropping the banner of Palestine advocacy? What is the role of scholars in politics (and must we … Continue reading Podcast Ep. 11: Palestine – Revelation and Realpolitik | Dr. Aysha Wazwaz

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

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

Review: The Color of Law

Heraa Hashmi Once known as the murder capital of the United States, East Palo Alto is cornered by Highway 101. The boom that led people to Silicon Valley largely circumvented the area; yet it is a mere few hundred feet away from Palo Alto, home to Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page. Its assessment as a poor, unsafe area (now facing gentrification) is not incorrect, but … Continue reading Review: The Color of Law

Book List: Islam & Systemic Anti-Blackness

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا قَوَّامِينَ بِالْقِسْطِ شُهَدَاءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَوْ عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَوِ الْوَالِدَيْنِ وَالْأَقْرَبِينَ ۚ إِن يَكُنْ غَنِيًّا أَوْ فَقِيرًا فَاللَّهُ أَوْلَىٰ بِهِمَا ۖ فَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا الْهَوَىٰ أَن تَعْدِلُوا ۚ وَإِن تَلْوُوا أَوْ تُعْرِضُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرًا   You who believe, uphold justice and bear witness to God, even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or your close relatives. Whether … Continue reading Book List: Islam & Systemic Anti-Blackness