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…

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Culture and Imperialism: Reading Iqbal in War On Terror Times

AbdoolKarim Vakil What is alive and what is dead in Iqbal? How does Iqbal speak to us? How should we read him? Introducing his 1953 translation of Iqbal‟s Rumuz-i Bekhudi the British orientalist A.J. Arberry set the reading of the philosophical poem against the context both of the world historical significance of the formation of Pakistan and, more immediately and urgently, of the Western anxieties awakened by Cairo‟s Black Saturday and its portents of a clash of civilisations…

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Institutional Islamophobia Conference: Salman Sayyid

Dr Salmaan Sayyid an esteemed university lecturer with special interest in racism, postcolonalism, critical theory and “political Islam’. He has written a number of articles for journals and books surrounding these issues.

During the discussion Salman Sayyid spoke on ‘Democracy, Diversity and ‘De-radicalization” where he described the hypocrisy of the West who are so concerned with implementing democracy abroad when they should be worried about the practice of it at home. He also criticised the PREVENT strategy and described it as limiting democracy.

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