Saturday, February 4, 2012

Andrew March's book: Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus
Publication Date: August 19, 2011 [paperback]
How can Muslims be both good citizens of liberal democracies and good Muslims? This is among the most pressing questions of our time, particularly in contemporary Europe. Some argue that Muslims have no tradition of separation of church and state and therefore can't participate in secular, pluralist society. At the other extreme, some Muslims argue that it is the duty of all believers to resist Western forms of government and to impose Islamic law. Andrew F. March is seeking to find a middle way between these poles. Is there, he asks, a tradition that is both consistent with orthodox Sunni Islam that is also compatible with modern liberal democracy? He begins with Rawls's theory that liberal societies rely for stability on an ''overlapping consensus'' between a public conception of justice and popular religious doctrines and asks what kinds of demands liberal societies place on citizens, and particularly on Muslims. March then offers a thorough examination of Islamic sources and current trends in Islamic thought to see whether there can indeed be a consensus. March finds that the answer is an emphatic ''yes.'' He demonstrates that there are very strong and authentically Islamic arguments for accepting the demands of citizenship in a liberal democracy, many of them found even in medieval works of Islamic jurisprudence. In fact, he shows, it is precisely the fact that Rawlsian political liberalism makes no claims to metaphysical truth that makes it appealing to Muslims.

مرحبا بميلاد سيد الأكوان - ربيع الأنوار

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Friday, February 3, 2012

NYPD Muslim Spy Scandal Grows With Newly Revealed Plan to Target Shiite Mosques. 2 of 2

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NYPD Muslim Spy Scandal Grows With Newly Revealed Plan to Target Shiite Mosques. 1 of 2

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I'm taking his 'Baseball as a Road to God' :) seminar this semester co-taught with Mike Murray.


Bangla Nasheed: Jabo Madina: Mawlana Jubayer Al-Rashid

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Journalist Robert Fisk remembers 'Hama massacre of 1982'

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Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future An Evening with Dr. Sherman Jackson

Ameena Matthews on the Colbert Report about her 'interrupting' Chicago gangs and violence

CeaseFire's Ameena Matthews explores how her tough inner-city upbringing informs her work as a peacemaker among Chicago's gangs.

She's featured in the Frontline documentary 'The Interrupters' coming out Feb. 14th:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pressure builds for NYPD chief to resign over anti-Muslim video

via Hesham

The Muslim Next Door: Public Event for Columbia University's Muslim Students Association

Monday, February 13, 2012

Time 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm

Where: Hamilton 602


Please join the Muslim Student Association in the first of many discussions during our annual Islam Awareness Week! We invite you to The Muslim Next Door, a panel and Q&A session featuring Professor Arshad Ali, Professor Lila Abu-Lughod and Wajahat Ali. The panel event will focus on how the conception of Islam and of Muslims is portrayed within the media. A post 9/11 Gallup Poll indicates that 44% of Americans do not want Muslims as their neighbors. Come and share what you think! We hope this event will create dialogue and discussion about an increasingly prevalent issue.

Abdal Hakim Murad on Kamali's Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

"[16] Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Cambridge, 1991), 356-65. This excellent book by a prominent Afghan scholar is by far the best summary of the theory of Islamic law, and should be required reading for every Muslim who wishes to raise questions concerning the Shari`a disciples."

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dr. Winter - Islam and Violence Part 2/9

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Haroon Moghul: Speaking with Palestinian-American Republican Who Confronted GOP at Debate Christian, Palestinian, Floridian, Republican—and Real

Arab Spring: The State of the Revolution as it Turns One [with Mohammad Fadel and others]

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 | 12:25 PM - 1:50 PM
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge map

Twelve months after the mass political protests in Tahrir Square brought down the Mubarak government, Egypt and other countries in the region remain roiled by popular discontent. What has united these uprisings, and how are they now starting to diverge? If we can identify a revolution's beginning, can we say what marks its end? Are the foundation stones for constitutional democracy being laid, or will we see authoritarianism reemerge in a different guise? What are the implications of Islamists taking the helm through democratic elections? Answering these and related questions requires assessment of the complex mix of social, economic, and political factors now in play. Come hear a panel of experts take stock of what's been going on — and ask them questions of your own.

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
Mohammad Fadel, Associate Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Kristen Stilt, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Sujit Choudhry, Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

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Contact Jonathan Biondi
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[Symposium April 23rd & 24th iA in Berkeley] Legal heterodoxy in Islamic and Jewish history: late antique and medieval transformations

via Faiz Ahmed :)

Shaykha Fest - Reviving the tradition of female Scholarship in Islam!

Did you know that some of the greatest Islamic scholars such as Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Imam Ibn al-Jawzi, Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, Imam al-Dhahabi, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali and many other great Imams and scholars had female teachers? Even though it is not widely known, thousands of female scholars have enriched the Islamic tradition through out history. Shaykha Fest is intended to honor the legacy of female Islamic scholarship and draw attention to contemporary female scholars. At Shaykha Fest we will embark on an exciting journey into the past and learn from contemporary female scholars, thinkers and activists from around the world in a nurturing, non-cultural and inclusive atmosphere. Shaykha Fest in essence is a celebration of life, love and sisterhood. Come and join with us so we can revive this tradition together.

2012 Shaykha Fest Confirmed Speakers:

Shaykha Halima Krausen(Germany)
Shaykha Sabira Lakha(UK)
Gul Rukh Rahman(Switzerland)
Shaykha Reima Yosif(US)
Professor Kecia Ali(US)
Shaykha Zaynab Ansari(US)
Professor Amira Bennison(UK)

2012 Shaykha Fest will also feature empowering artistic performance/interactive workshop by award winning performer, writer and director Andrea Assaf.

Event Venue: Crownplaza Hotel, South Brunswick/Monroe, New Jersey.

Event Date: Sunday June 24, 2012

Event Duration: 9am to 7pm

Admission Fee: $40 (breakfast and lunch included)

Registration: Due to limited seating capacity pre-registration is required. Please click here to complete your registration.

Program Outline:

A detailed program outline will be posted at a later date. 2012 Shaykha Fest will feature Islamic lectures from inspirational Shaykhas from Europe and USA, intriguing addresses from some of the leading female thinkers and activists as well as empowering artistic performances.
via David Coolidge

Timothy Winter - Islam and Violence Part 1/9

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Bangladesh police open fire on protesters

Monday, January 30, 2012

"The Irony of Democracy", a Zaytuna Faculty Lecture by Imam Zaid Shakir

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Nader Khan singing "Balaghal Ula Bi Kamalihi"

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Nader Khan :: "Jashne amade Rasool" ::

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Canada jury finds family guilty of murder – Jury finds Shafia family members guilty of first degree murder

How to Integrate Europe’s Muslims -

America: Commerce & Benevolence- Sh. Hamza Yusuf

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Habib Ali recounts the time Bilal came back to Madinah after the passing of the Prophet

"Baseball is the one single thing the white man has done right."

 in the words of Drifting Away on pg. 177 of W.P. Kinsella's novel The Iowa Baseball Confederacy :)

Imam Khalil Abdur-Rashid - Religious Life Advisor at Columbia University

Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi's Ijaza with Sanad [Chain of Transmission] in Aqida al-Tahawiyya [the Creed of Imam Tahawi] for Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New article by Dr. Sherman Abdul-Hakim Jackson: “Not Truth But Tolerance”

via Ustadh Yusuf alhamdulillah

The Physical Description of Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him) by Shaikh Habib Ali al Jifri

Mawlid with the Fez Singers at ShMuhammad al-Yaqoubi's home (in Damascus some time ago)

Mawlid By Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ya'qoubi 13.02.2011 Part 2

Mawlid By Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ya'qoubi 13.02.2011 Part 1

Indonesia may stop sending maids abroad

US to launch first floating military base in Gulf Sea


New book by Timothy Mitchell: Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil
Book Description
Publication Date: November 7, 2011
How oil undermines democracy, and our ability to address the environmental crisis.
Oil is a curse, it is often said, that condemns the countries producing it to an existence defined by war, corruption and enormous inequality. Carbon Democracy tells a more complex story, arguing that no nation escapes the political consequences of our collective dependence on oil. It shapes the body politic both in regions such as the Middle East, which rely upon revenues from oil production, and in the places that have the greatest demand for energy.
Timothy Mitchell begins with the history of coal power to tell a radical new story about the rise of democracy. Coal was a source of energy so open to disruption that oligarchies in the West became vulnerable for the first time to mass demands for democracy. In the mid-twentieth century, however, the development of cheap and abundant energy from oil, most notably from the Middle East, offered a means to reduce this vulnerability to democratic pressures. The abundance of oil made it possible for the first time in history to reorganize political life around the management of something now called "the economy" and the promise of its infinite growth. The politics of the West became dependent on an undemocratic Middle East.
In the twenty-first century, the oil-based forms of modern democratic politics have become unsustainable. Foreign intervention and military rule are faltering in the Middle East, while governments everywhere appear incapable of addressing the crises that threaten to end the age of carbon democracy—the disappearance of cheap energy and the carbon-fuelled collapse of the ecological order.
In making the production of energy the central force shaping the democratic age, Carbon Democracy rethinks the history of energy, the politics of nature, the theory of democracy, and the place of the Middle East in our common world.
Recommended as OUTSTANDING by my friend Khalid Kadir :)

A New Academic Address for Islam in America: Building the Future of Zaytuna College, Brick by Brick