I am Not your Muslim

It was shortly after the murder that took place against journalists of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Paris in January 2015, that I was invited to the famous Austrian TV debate on Sunday evening. They had invited a group of people to discuss ‘Europe in Fear: The End of Tolerance?’ following the attacks, which were perpetrated by what we commonly refer to today as Jihadist terrorism.

The Meaning of Pakistan

Richard Bulliet observes that without the Islamic Revolution, Iran would be a very similar country to Pakistan. That is, Iran would be a country dominated by an elite that is globally integrated, internationally oriented and culturally separated from most of its population. This elite would present itself as being liberal and modern, but it would, at the same time, contrive to ensure that ordinary people would have minimal access to education, healthcare, public infrastructure, and justice (Bulliet, 2017).

Coloniality and Liberal Angst in Pakistan

As Pakistan approaches the 70th anniversary of its independence, Nawaz Sharif Pakistan’ Prime Minister and leader of its leading political party stepped down last month. It was the third time that Shariff failed to finish his term of office as Prime Minister. The country’s Supreme Court launched an investigation on corruption charges against now ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family after the infamous Panama Papers were leaked in April 2016.

The Black Prince and Coloniality

The Black Prince is a film about Maharaja Duleep Singh and the British Empire, set in the late 1800s. It is based on real life events. Duleep Singh, the heir to Ranjit Singh’s Sikh kingdom in Punjab (which covered parts of both present day Pakistan and India), was taken from his mother, Maharani Jind Kaur, by the British when he a child and sent to England in 1848.

Omar Khadr: A Muslim Between Canada and the West

Omar Khadr has had a lot written about him in the past decade, but particularly so in the weeks since he received a $10.5 million settlement from the Canadian government, as well as an apology. This settlement came out of a lawsuit that Khadr had launched against the Canadian government, based on a Supreme Court ruling that Khadr’s Charter rights as a citizen had been violated.

Decoloniality and the Islamicate

Recalling the Caliphate was published in English towards the end of 2014. A few months before its publication, a caliphate had been proclaimed in the borderlands of what had been two Baathist states for almost forty years. At the time of writing, the territory of this self-styled caliphate has shrunk, its leadership has relocated, the rule of the Baathist-takfiri warlords seems to be receding in Iraq and Syria.

Muslim World or Ummah? Origins, Content, and Evolution of Pan-Islamic Thought

While there are more than 50 Muslim majority nation-states, there are also more than a hundred million Muslims living as minorities in other states, which leads to the question: is there something called “the Muslim World”? Not only in journalism, but also in humanities and social science scholarship, it is still very common to refer to a civilization or geopolitical unit called “the Muslim World” when comparable terms such as “the Christian World” and “the Buddhist World” do not have similar cache anymore. We rarely realize that the idea of “the Muslim World” emerged in the mid-19th century, and since then, it has been utilized by various political projects and religious discourses…