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Towards an Islamic Decoloniality

Towards an Islamic Decoloniality

Dr Syed Mustafa Ali contributes to the robust academic-activist enterprise of decoloniality with his original ideas on Islamic decoloniality. Syed Ali teaches at The Open University in Milton Keynes (UK) as a member of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology. The project of Islamic decoloniality he pioneered exposes various lacunae in leading decolonial projects […]

April 25, 2016 Dr Syed Mustafa Ali/ Shameer KS
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‘I am fascinated by the question of what God’s problem with poor people is’

‘I am fascinated by the question of what God’s problem with poor people is’

‘Committed’ and ‘multi-pronged.’ The adjectives fit well with Dr Farid Esack, his oeuvre, and academic as well as activist engagements. He published Quran, Liberation and Pluralism in 1997; the work was noted for its academic solemnity as well as earnestness to take the message of the divine text to all it matters. In 1999, his […]

January 18, 2016 Farid Esack / M Noushad
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Selfies Can’t Capture Indian Streets

Selfies Can’t Capture Indian Streets

Modern day photography is digital and is available at a single click of the button. Almost every magazine or journal is available online. The posters and photographs in the magazines of the yesteryear are long gone out of fervour. They still manage to have a following, so do the photo stories in the newspapers and […]

November 14, 2015 Ali Ahsan
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Mercan Dede says he’s like a vagabond reed flute

Mercan Dede says he’s like a vagabond reed flute

DJ Arkın Allen, aka Mercan Dede, is back in the limelight with a new album following a six-year break since his last studio release. Released this month via Onearth Records, “Dünya” (Earth) is the newest offering from the 47-year-old musician, born Arkın Ilıcalı in 1966 in Bursa, and known in Turkey and around the world […]

December 4, 2014 Mercan Dede
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Modiano’s Fictions: The Political Landscape

Modiano’s Fictions: The Political Landscape

There is a question Edward W Said reserves for Jewish intellectuals who write about Holocaust and atrocities against Jews: How do they read and respond to the similar genocide that the Zionist government orchestrates against Palestinians. Their answer would be the proof of their radical politics not being sectarian.  Sadly, Modiano is silent about Palestine. This […]

October 10, 2014 Interactive features
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Remembering a Phenomenon

Remembering a Phenomenon

On 24th September this year, we have completed the eleventh year of sheer intellectual poverty. On a fateful day like this in the year 2003, Edward Said, the organic intellectual who spoke out to power in a clear, lucid, evocative and all the while daring manner, died. The issues he fought hard against- aggression of […]

September 19, 2014 KC Saleem
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‘Fashion Is the Biggest Oxymoron in My Life’

‘Fashion Is the Biggest Oxymoron in My Life’

Zinah Nur Sharif is a fashion blogger, designer and cover girl. An outspoken critic of the fashion industry as it was normally understood, Zinah uses the platform of blog to take to people her innovative and revolutionary ideas of clothing and fashion. In conversation with Emma Tarlo,  she explains the crucial ideas prevalent in the […]

June 30, 2014 Emma Tarlo
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‘West Throws Away A lot of Our History’

‘West Throws Away A lot of Our History’

DR. ENGSENG HO is a renowned anthropologist and Islamic scholar who teaches at Duke University. His study on the diaspora of Hadhrami descendants of the Prophet – The Grave of Tarim – is a remarkable contribution to the study of Muslim histories, and a groundbreaking work combining historiography and anthropology, by extensively using the tool […]

May 5, 2014 Mohammed Noushad
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My Faith Forms My Politics

My Faith Forms My Politics

Salma Yaqoob is a British politician: the former leader of the Respect Party, the organizer of the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition and an elected city councilor in Birmingham. Birmingham Post described her as a “doughty fighter for Birmingham’s inner city communities”. A brilliant orator, she is a regular commentator on current affairs. She was recently […]

May 5, 2014 M Noushad/Interview
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Gamal al Banna – a Life of Defiance

Gamal al Banna – a Life of Defiance

The images that comes to one’s mind on hearing the name ‘al Banna’ in Egypt is that of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). But what Gamal al Banna the youngest brother of MB founder Hassan al Banna upheld throughout his life was altogether just the opposite. His life proved that progressive thoughts could not only make […]

May 5, 2014 Abdul Basith
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