Pluralism in Islam — Between Scripture and Praxis

Aug 02

A version of this article first appeared in the July/August issue of Islamic Horizons. Egyptian writer Mona Eltahawy in a New York Times article recounted her 2005 encounter with Mohammed Akef, the then spiritual leader of Muslim Brotherhood. When she suggested to Akef that the verses in the Quran regarding women’s dress have several interpretations, Akef...

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Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam

Apr 28

A version of this article first appeared in the May/June issue of Islamic Horizons. The Fort Hood killings, the Times Square terror plot and the Boston marathon bombing were all ostensibly carried out in the name of Islam. All terrorists are not Muslims and nor are all Muslims terrorists. Yet, a disproportionate number of perpetrators of violent attacks claim doing...

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America’s Never-Ending Wars in the Middle East

Nov 10

“Those who are elected ought to vote on what we do,” said Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking on The Colbert Report. He wants Congress to debate America’s latest military forays into the Middle East. Yet the halls of Congress remain silent, and the mainstream media are once again uncritically accepting...

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Maher-Affleck Debate

Oct 16

Maher-Affleck Debate

Prof. David Schwam-Baird and I appeared recently on WJCT’s First Coast Connect to discuss Maher-Affleck spat. To listen to the interview, CLICK HERE. Nicholas Kristof from the New York Times provided an an excellent response to Bill Maher in his column The Diversity of Islam. “Let’s not feed Islamophobic bigotry by highlighting only the horrors while...

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Muslims Condemn Terrorism

Sep 26

Question – Why have Muslims not condemned terrorism? Muslims have condemned terrorism. CLICK HERE to read some of the “Islamic Statements Against Terrorism” CLICK HERE to read Prof. Juan Cole’s response to Tom Friedman: CLICK HERE to see a listing of condemnations of terrorist attacks by individuals and organizations: See below the statement...

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U.S. Constitution and Shariah

Sep 26

Visit my blog to read a short article about this issue: http://drparvezahmed.blogspot.com/2010/12/is-islam-compatible-with-american.html Also, read a scholarly article about the commonalities between American constitutional law and Islamic law. Undoubtedly there are major differences in the details of the but not on overarching principles. This point is being made by...

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