Dropping the mic in his own time: as-salamu alaykum Yasiin Bey

by Jamal Mehmood Earlier this year, the artist formerly known as Mos Def gave his farewell performances in London. Hiphop’s own whirling dervish, who dared to whirl and pray on a simply decorated stage, dropping rose petals on a floor already filled with balloons. This was the Yasiin show. There was no formal set list… Read More

I’m a Muslim, and I Hold No Responsibility for the Actions of Daesh

by Abdullah Alhomoud  I’m a Muslim. I was born into a Sunni Muslim family in the Gulf region, the very same region where Wahhabism (the ideology of Daesh) originates. Yet I am still not Daesh. It should go without saying that the terrorist attacks committed against the people of France, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are… Read More

The Straw Man Cometh

by Sultanah Parvin For the ex radical silver foxes out there that champion post feminist critique and demonise extremism, there is a narrative. This narrative takes its form in a perverse courtship between elements of the press that court folk like parasitic stalkers, and they in turn, who love the blaze and heat of skittish… Read More

Radical Pluralism: An Interview with Dr. Amina Wadud

by Naima Khan  This Friday 6th March, just ahead of International Women’s Day, the Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI), a UK-based group who convene inclusive spaces for worship and community work, have invited Dr. Amina Wadud to lead their mixed-gender Friday prayer (Jummah). It’s been 10 years since Dr. Wadud made headlines when she did the… Read More

Hate

by Mustafa Dikeç This article is an abridged version. The original text can be found at Society and Space People want us to demonstrate. Very well, but tomorrow what do we do? They point their finger at us with a nasty look on their face? I don’t want to be part of this France for… Read More

Things Fall Apart; The Attempted Hijack of the Black Writer

by JJ Bola  “All art is political, Johnson. Otherwise, it would just be decoration,” said the Earl of Oxford in Shakespeare’s Richard III.* To assume that this does not extend to the great art of literature would simply be false. Unlike visual art, which can either be used to make bold political statements or balance… Read More

14 Things That Muslims Have Been Up To In 2014

by Rubab Zaidi All year round, the likes of ISIS and Boko Haram have been hard at work trying to give Muslims a bad name. We’re a homogenous mass see… While concern is high that young Muslims and/or like in this hoax of a story young white teenagers are being radicalized and running away to… Read More

Affleck v. Harris and the Different Shades of Islamophobia

Millions of Muslims around the world, both in Western nations as well as others, experience Islamophobia every day as a lived reality. A genuine discussion of what really IS Islamophobia is beyond the scope of a standard, blog-length article. Suffice to say that Islamophobia, if understood as structural oppression of Muslims, is a form of racism. WHOAH – comes the response – Muslims are not a race, so how can Islamophobia be racism? This binary, and/or question appears to have left Muslims in a kind of limbo, where they end up excluded by their oppressor (generally the White Western hegemon) whilst simultaneously being separated from their co-oppressed (e.g. Jews or Black people) in their struggle for equality and justice. Read More

How did Pakistan become the land of bombs and burqas?

by Marziyeh Khaleeli I remember how excited I was that US hit television show, Homeland was actually being filmed in Pakistan, and not somewhere else. Then I saw the poster and was obviously less elated. The image, shows a crowd of women wearing the burqa, revealing from the off that this series will only serve… Read More

What does jihad actually mean?

by Abdullah Alhomoud We’ve been hearing a lot about jihad since 9/11 in connection to Islamist extremism, and it has been in popular usage once again with the rise of ISIS. But what does the word actually mean? In the Oxford English Dictionary, “jihad” is defined as “a holy war fought by Muslims against unbelievers.”… Read More