I’m currently in Israel as part of a press delegation sent here by the British pro-Israel think tank BICOM (lovely people, by the way). My first day has been exhausting, and it’s not even over yet; in an hour or two, we’re meeting the director of the Jerusalem Press Club for dinner.
Today we went on [...]
It wasn’t so long ago I was that kind of atheist. You know what I mean; the kind who spend as much time congratulating themselves for being right – by endlessly sharing sarcastic cartoons and YouTube clips of Christopher Hitchens, for example – as making their case.
We are right, of course, but as I grew [...]
You’d think after watching BBC Three’s Make me a Muslim documentary, being a female convert to Islam is so riddled with fault lines. Not really. My recent interviews with Muslim converts offered a rare glimpse into the lives of three women who would flatly reject such comparisons. And they’re all buzzing with spiritual ecstasy, retelling what caused them to halal-ify their wardrobes and Islamise dress codes.
Like many non-religious people around the world, I use the internet to express my thoughts. Especially in a country where the vast majority believe in one religion, and do not like to hear any criticisms, the internet provides a relatively safe way of speaking freely. Or so I thought.
As much as I tried to repress from memory a recent post in The Independent titled “Slut dropping’ and ‘Pimps and Hoes’ – the sexual politics of freshers’ week”, it rings true for some common Muslim anxieties with student life.
After the first episode, there were complaints in some quarters that not a lot had actually happened and that the writers were dragging things out a bit. While this is not a view I really agree with, it is also certainly not a criticism that can be levelled at the second episode ‘Beirut is Back’.
Actor and Muslim convert Ashley Chin, a.k.a. Muslim Bilal speaks about the conflict between pursing an acting career and remaining faithful to his religion.
After the widely received praise and awards success of the first series, the makers of Homeland faced the challenge of living up to people’s expectations with series two, and fortunately they did not disappoint.
As sketchy details surface about one person who has been alleged on a US website to be the director of ‘Innocence of Muslims’, and a recent French cartoon depicting Muhammad in a postmodern satirical form, both filmmaker and cartoonist join a long list of Muhammad-baiting Islamophobes.
Just before his passing, the late Cardinal Carlo Martini spoke damningly about the Catholic Church. As a Muslim, I feel digging behind his statement unearths a wisdom which many British Imams will find hard to swallow. The Cardinal’s remark is relevant to circumstances obtaining for Muslims who are dogged by the same servility to tradition and spiritual malady plaguing Christians.
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