Do Muslim women need saving?

In recent years Abu-Lughod has struggled to reconcile the popular image of women victimized by Islam with the complex women she has known through her research in various communities in the Muslim world. Here, she renders that divide vivid by presenting detailed vignettes of the lives of ordinary Muslim women, and showing that the problem of gender inequality cannot be laid at the feet of religion alone. Poverty and authoritarianism—conditions not unique to the Islamic world, and produced out of global interconnections that implicate the West—are often more decisive. The standard Western vocabulary of oppression, choice, and freedom is too blunt to describe these women’s lives.

Lila Abu-Lughod is an anthropologist who has been writing about Arab women for over thirty years. She disputes the claim that women need to be saved from Islam and in the video about argues that conditions like poverty have a far more serious impact on the well-being of women.

Ramadan in the Jungle

Migrants in “the Jungle” in Calais have built a makeshift mosque so that they could observe Islamic customs in the camp.
Channel 4 reporter, Fatima Manji found Muslims doing their best to mark the holy month of Ramadan under tough conditions.

Guilt by Association

Should Muslims personally apologise for the random actions of other people just because they say they are Muslims? Of course not.

We have talked about this before, but now filmmaker Abdelkarim El-Fassi has taken things a step further in a new short video in which he makes young children apologise for terrorist attacks committed by people from the same ethnic group.

Among the many children shown, the video shows a young boy dressed as Spiderman having to say ‘I’m sorry’ five times for crimes committed by Moroccans, and a blonde toddler is forced to say sorry for the actions of the Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.

The aim of the video is to get people to think about the growing culture of ‘guilt by association’ which surrounds Muslims in particular, and the impact this can have on individuals and groups alike.

Crash Course: History of Early Islam

This is an interesting video I stumbled upon on Youtube. In just ten minutes (hence the name Crash Course) the host John Green tries to teach you the history of Islam, including the revelation of the Qu’ran to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the five pillars of Islam, how the Islamic empire got its start, the Rightly Guided Caliphs, and more..

The Power of Nature

The video above shows the stunning power of nature as intense winds actually force the water to push back up a waterfall in the Derbyshire Peak District in the UK.

Hikers stumbled upon this rare phenomenon as the high winds forced the 30m waterfall to push back up and into the river from where it came.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a Sufi

Javed Ghamidi is a well-known Pakistani Muslim theologian, Quranic scholar and exegete, and educationist. In the above video (in Urdu) he explains that Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a Sufi and did not claim to be a Prophet, as he is accused of.

He also briefly expressed that it is the Lahori Ahmadis’ who are following the true message of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

Documentary – The Berlin Mosque

The Berlin Mosque, run and maintained by the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, is the oldest Mosque in Germany which is still in use today.

Hundreds of people from around the World visit the historic listed Mosque every week to learn about Islam as well as its architecture and how it survived during World War Two when most of the surrounding buildings where destroyed.

Evangelische Journalistenschule have produced the above short documentary on the stunning Mosque.

Palestine in 1896

The above is an interesting film released by Lumier Bros. on Youtube which depicts life in Palestine for its people in 1896.

The footage shows a time when Palestinians of all faiths lived and worked side by side in harmony.

Where is the “Muslim World”? A Speech on Media Bias

How are Muslims and Islam talked about in the UK press? This is the question linguist Professor Tony McEnery wanted to answer.

His team looked at the usage of the phrase ‘Muslim World’, and Mr McEnery argues that this phrase, which was used 11,000 times in articles discussing Islam written from 1998 to 2009 by the British press, highlights an unsettling trend in the media — using language that characterizes Muslims as violent and unusual — a trend that, as he shows, has a long history and he asks us to change.

We have set the video above to start playing at 2 minutes and 7 seconds, as this is when Professor McEnery begins his speech on the above topic.

What the Western World Can Learn from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Haroon Moghul is a Fellow in the National Security Studies Program at New America Foundation. He’s also a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, where he focuses on Islamic thought in colonial India. Haroon is the Fellow in Muslim Politics and Societies at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law and is on the Board of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Mr. Moghul is an Associate Editor and columnist at Religion Dispatches; his writing has also been featured on al-Jazeera and Foreign Policy. In his novel, “The Order of Light” (Penguin 2006), young Muslims light themselves on fire to protest the authoritarian reality of the Middle East, an eerie forecasting of recent events. Haroon has appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, The History Channel, al-Jazeera, and Russia Today. He enjoys teaching, and serves as an expert guide to the Muslim heritage of Spain, Turkey, and Bosnia.