Healing with Faith: The Misrepresentation of Integrative Medicine

Afnan Abusheikha The scholarship published in academic journals is largely concerned with packaging research findings in a presentable, bite-sized way. Whilst this has ensured concise and robust output, this often polarises narratives and overlooks nuance.  This is particularly evident in the field of medicine. In modern scholarship, allopathic “conventional” medicine and traditional integrative medicine are portrayed as “long time rivals”[1].  The former is legitimised as evidence based and … Continue reading Healing with Faith: The Misrepresentation of Integrative Medicine

The destroyer of pleasures: A reflection on Death culture

Aaminah Y. Through the ages, society has exhausted every means by which it can comprehend death, from theology to thanatology, renaissance art to greek philosophy. Yet for many, death still remains one of life’s greatest mysteries. Modernity has altered our relationship with death, dividing attitudes between pure tragedy and indifference, both far removed from the sunnah of our beloved Rasool ﷺ. We rush to unpack the geopolitical … Continue reading The destroyer of pleasures: A reflection on Death culture

The demoralised Muslim mind

Nayla Majestya  During my graduate studies some years ago, I remember having countless conversations with my peers concerning our struggle to feel happy. It appeared rather ridiculous; we were a group of young, healthy students, with a decent level of intellect, and in a stable enough financial situation to be able to choose graduate school over earning our keep. Yet in a bid to feel … Continue reading The demoralised Muslim mind

Principles of Engagement: Navigating dissent

Sarah Bellal وَلَوْ شَاءَ رَبُّكَ لَجَعَلَ النَّاسَ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً ۖ وَلَا يَزَالُونَ مُخْتَلِفِين And if your Lord had willed, He could have made mankind one community; but they will not cease to differ. [11:118] Of the many things Muslims love to lament is our lack of communal unity. It is easy to be disheartened by frequent debates between our leaders and confused by the various … Continue reading Principles of Engagement: Navigating dissent

Refuting the Historical Negation of Hijab

Aisha Hasan Despite decades of explanations and refutations, the hijab remains the most widespread and contentious issue surrounding Muslim women. From narratives of oppression to empowerment, the entire spectrum of feeling has been expressed over this simple piece of cloth covering a Muslim woman. In the age of modest fashion, the hijab has taken on another dimension altogether, and has in most mainstream discourse been … Continue reading Refuting the Historical Negation of Hijab