A Decolonial Khutba: Imagining Islam from the perspective of the ‘wretched of the earth’

A tone – setting summer school conference is being held this week by the University of Johannesburg in central Cape Town on the topic, ‘Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies’. The conference comes in the wake of the decolonising education struggles associated with #FeesMustFall, that we have been witnessing on university campuses. Decolonisation calls for awareness of complex contradictions in our country, and directs our attention to the demands of the poor for dignified living.

100 Years after the Bolshevik Revolution: A Bad Muslim Critique of the World Revolution

The global radical Left needs a dose of its own therapy. It needs to dig into its medicine bag of critical theory and do some psychoanalysis on its own popular consciousness before pointing the finger at anyone else, and especially Muslims. The global radical Left’s hegemonic historiography of the Bolshevik Revolution and following Soviet project must be revisited critically, and away from the saintly hagiography that videos like this continue to put forward 100 years later.

Reports of Islamophobia: 1997 and 2017

Earlier this month the Runnymede Trust launched a new report, Islamophobia: Still a challenge for us all, to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the landmark 1997 report, Islamophobia; A challenge for us all. The significance of the original Report is hard to over-estimate. While it is the case that it did not coin the term Islamophobia, it certainly gave it legs. And while it is also true that the report did not end Islamophobia, it did indict it.

The Muslim Metropolis

Author: Piro Rexhepi & Ajkuna Tafa
Date: 2nd October 2017
Duration: 17 mins 54 secs
Description: The Muslim Metropolis explores the history of Sarajevo through Melika Salihbeg Bosnawi, whose life shows Sarajevo as a centre of Islamic praxis in the Balkans of the Cold War. Her transnational political activities, from Sarajevo to Paris and Teheran, illustrate the mobilization of a decolonial Islam in socialist Yugoslavia in the larger context of the non-aligned world.

Islam as Transgression: Kekistan, the Alt-Right and Islamophobia

“Normies, out… Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” (Big Man Tyrone, 2017). With that quite bizarre war cry, my first experience of the nation known as Kekistan ended. I couldn’t believe what I had seen. A group of trolls and self-described shitposters had come together under the flag, religion and history of a completely fictional nation known as Kekistan. A little more investigation led me to the Youtuber who started the Kekistani meme: Sargon of Akkad.

The Islamophobia of Buddhist Terror? Why Language Matters

Muslims in Myanmar are experiencing ethnic cleansing and Islamophobic violence. By whom and why? The history of the minority Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar goes back centuries. In recent years, there has been violence by non-state actors, the ethnic Rakhine Buddhists who are attempting to purify their country of the “impure” Rohingyan Muslims.They have been supported tacitly by the Myanmar state and their Noble Peace Prize-winning statesman, Aung San Suu Kyi.