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The Mainstream Modest Muslim Woman

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We are about to witness a revolution where Muslim women are bringing the power of iqra into the 21st century. No longer sitting back waiting for someone else to produce a medium by which their voices can be heard.

In fact Muslim women have become pioneers in the magazine business, bridging the void between Islaam and the West, creating glossy magazines by which words convey the needs of today’s Muslim Woman. Islaam is being presented for the world to see, from the U.S.A. to the U.K. where there are no skimpy clad girls, or advertising for non-halaal products; just the good stuff makes it to publication. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2008 10:56

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Humanisation Through Humourisation

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Thanks to Youtube and Google Video, I have been able to bask in the sun of a wonderful comedy.
Little Mosque on the Prairie, which is now in its second season, will for sure hit your funny bone, but it will also hit a raw nerve; Muslims in North America after September 11th.
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2008 10:55

The End of History and Islaam

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What is the view from within- a Muslim’s view- on the relationship between Islaam and the West?
We have to place the concrete experience of the Muslims with the West in a complex historical context. The firstdialoguebetweenthe West and Islaam was an armed one. The imperialist troops of Europe marched on Africa and Asia, and pounded Muslim societies with superior military technology.

Despite the imperialist onslaught, however, many Arab thinkers called for an adoption of Western modernity, for it had produced coherent societies with a sense of purpose, stable family structures, humanistic value systems, and impressive technological achievements. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2008 10:51

The Four Fundamentalisms and the Threat to Sustainable Democracy (Part 2 of 2)

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Religious, national, and economic fundamentalisms are dangerous. They are systems of thought -or, more accurately, systems of non-thought; as Wes Jackson puts it, “fundamentalism takes over where thought leaves off” http://www.oriononline.org/pages/oo/sidebars/America/Jackson.html- that are at the core of much of the organised violence in the world today.

They are systems that are deployed to constrain real freedom and justify illegitimate authority. But it may turn out that those fundamentalisms are child’s play compared with U.S. society’s technological fundamentalism. Most concisely defined,technological fundamentalism is the assumption that the increasing use of increasingly more sophisticated high-energy, advanced technology is always a good thing and that any problems caused by the unintended consequences of such technology eventually can be emedied by more technology. Those who question such declarations are often said to be “anti-technology,” which is a meaningless insult. All human beings use technology of some kind, whether it’s stone tools or computers.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2008 10:45

Open Letter to Saudis*

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Having returned from the Kingdom, four weeks in an abaya [‘abaa-ah] and ’hijaab, I am angry and frustrated.

As an analyst specialising in Saudi Arabia, I knew much of what to expect, thus covering and not being able to drive were nonissues. Landing in Jeddah I dropped ten degrees body temperature switching from linen to an abaya. Four weeks later, I flew through to Atlanta without removing my abaya, not only to test American reactions but because it was comfortable and practical.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2008 10:45

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