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Mecca, The Sacred City

 Bloomsbury, London, 2014

MekaMecca is the heart of Islam. It is the birthplace of Muhammad, the direction towards which Muslims turn when they pray and the site of pilgrimage which annually draws some three million Muslims from all corners of the world. Yet Mecca’s importance goes beyond religion. What happens in Mecca and how Muslims think about the political and cultural history of Mecca has had and continues to have a profound influence on world events to this day.

In this captivating book, Ziauddin Sardar unravels the significance of Mecca. Tracing its history, from its origins as a ‘barren valley’ … Read More

CM11: Syria

July-September, 2014

Critical Muslim is a quarterly magazine of ideas and issues showcasing ground breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.

cm1111Peter Clark explores the roots of the Syrian crisis, Robin Yassin-Kassab explores revolutionary culture, Sam Hamad dissects the Islamist opposition, Rasha Omran rejects the notion that sect can be a homeland, Ella Wind pursues an inside perspective on the Syrian uprising, Malu Halasa samples the local lingerie of Aleppo, Afra Jalabi agonises over a photograph of a lost child, Amal Hanano recalls the massacre of Hama, Frederic Gijsel … Read More

CM10: Sects

April-June, 2014

Critical Muslim is a quarterly magazine of ideas and issues showcasing ground breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.

cm10sectsZiauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies put sectarianism under the scalpel; Ebrahim Moosa suggests the Sunnis, the majority Muslim sect, need to rethink their history; Imranali Panjwani explains what it means to be Shia; Faisal Devji explores ‘the idea of Ismailism’; Francesco Cavatorta thinks that not all Salafis represent a threat to Islam; Mohamed Nawab bin Mohamed Osman joins the Caliphate movement of Hizb-e-Tahrir; Zacharias Pieri goes on … Read More

CM9: The Maghreb

January-March, 2014

Critical Muslim is a quarterly magazine of ideas and issues showcasing ground breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.

CM-9-Cover-webRobin Yassin-Kassab has an enlightening sojourn in Morocco, Robert Irwin argues that the great historian Ibn Khaldun was a Sufi, Marcia Lynx Qualey is dazzled by the transformative power of Maghrebi poetry, Julia Melcher explores the absurd world of exiled western writers in Tangiers, Hicham Yezza stands up for the Berbers Rights Movement, Louis Proyect reads recent histories of the Maghrebi Jews, Jamal Bahmad deconstructs revolutionary films that … Read More

CM8: Men in Islam

October – December 2013

Critical Muslim is a quarterly magazine of ideas and issues showcasing ground breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.

CM-8-COVERWebZiauddin Sardar confesses his shortcomings as a Muslim man, Merryl Wyn Davies asks what exactly is the problem with men, Abdennur Prado grapples with Muslim masculinities, Ziba Mir Hosseini tries to get out of the dead-end of male superiority justified by the Sharia, Kecia Ali is exasperated with the omnipresent male scholar, Asma Afsaruddin argues that the history of Islam includes people who were not men, … Read More

Critical Muslim

From Oxford Islamic Studies Online:

http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/Public/focus/essay1212_critical_thought.html.

Ziauddin Sardar

A critical spirit has been central to Islam from its inception. The Qur’an is generously sprinkled with references to thought and learning, reflection and reason. The Sacred Text denounces those who do not use their critical faculties in strongest terms: ‘the worse creatures in God’s eyes are those who are [wilfully] deaf and dumb, who do not reason’ (8:22). A cursory look at the life of Muhammad reveals that his strategic decisions were an outcome of critical discussions – the way he decide, for example, to fight the Battle of Badr … Read More

The Spirit of Water

From Watermarked: Voices of Pakistan, The Artistan Committee, London, 2011

Ziauddin Sardar

A few years ago I found myself in a desert just outside Karachi. The Thar desert is not as inhospitable as other deserts I have been fortunate enough to encounter in places such as Saudi Arabia and Morocco. Perhaps that’s why it is called the ‘Friendly Desert’. You can detect the air becoming more arid as you drive towards Umerkot, the main town in this area of Sind, and it get hot but it is not unbearable. Every now and then, you can spot a patch of … Read More

CM5: Love and Death

January, 2013

Critical Muslim is a quarterly magazine of ideas and issues showcasing ground breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.

CM5; Love and deathAamer Hussein takes love to its logical conclusion, Robert Irwin traces the origins of the ghazal (love lyric), Christopher Shackle recites epic Panjabi poems of sacred love and lyrical death, Imranali Panjwani mourns the massacre of Karbala, Martin Rose is taken hostage by Saddam Hussein, Jalees Rahman reflects on Nazi doctors who took delight in deathly experiments, Ramin Jahanbegloo is incarcerated in the notorious Evin prison, Hamza Elahi … Read More

CM4: Pakistan?

Oktober, 2012

Critical Muslim is a quarterly magazine of ideas and issues showcasing ground breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.

CM4 Pakistan?Ziauddin Sardar questions the question mark that is always placed in front of Pakistan, Robin Yassin-Kassab asks why Pakistan has not imploded, Taimur Khan breaks bread with the gangsters and bookies of Karachi, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad revisits Peshawar, Mahvish Ahmad tracks down the separatist in Quetta, Ehsan Masood watches Pakistani television,  Merryl Wyn Davies deconstructs ‘imaginariums’ of Pakistan, Aamer Hussein discusses Pakistani modern classic fiction, Bina Shah asks … Read More

CM3: Fear and Loathing

July, 2012

Critical Muslim is a quarterly magazine of ideas and issues showcasing ground breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.

CM3 Fear and LoathingMerryl Wyn Davies explores what we fear, AbdelWahab El-Affendi tackles Islamophobia and Orientalism in the age of liberal paranoia, Arun Kundnani charts the rise of the English Defence League and the far right in Europe, Vinay Lal is perplexed by Hindus who love Hitler, Gordon Steffey joins Christian fundamentalists at ‘Liberty University’, Fanar Haddad is appalled by sectarian schisms in the Arab world, Gary McFarlane watches the Tottenham … Read More

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