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An Evening of Story and Dreaming

It is sadly rather rare to find Islamic talks which speak so deeply as the one I attended last night. I was very intrigued by the title, ‘The Power of Story and Dreaming’. This talk was held at the University College London ...

The challenge to a stagnant tradition

If you haven't already noticed it, a debate is raging in streets, homes, mosques and universities across the western world, writes Aftab A Malik. It’s about the identity of Islam, what that actually means and who speaks for Islam. If ...

Cameron's 'back to the future' is 'back to the past'

David Cameron’s speech delivered on 5th February 2011 in Munich has caused considerable outcry among certain left-of-centre academics and commentators.

An animal of colossal proportions

These days it seems that almost everyone sees the apocalypse bearing down, writes Robin Yassin-Kassab. This is the age of Kali Yag and the oncoming rapture, the arrival of the triumphant Mehdi, of catastrophic climate change and ...

Taking a wry look

I never saw 'comedian' on the career options alongside 'lawyer', 'doctor' and 'accountant' when I was at school, writes Yasmeen Khan

An ecological activism: Wisdom in Nature

A core quality of an authentic spiritual tradition is that it offers practises and guidance for its followers that can reveal holistic solutions to the challenges of the time. Muzammal Hussain believes that this is true of ...

The Times They are a-Changin by Tahir Abbas

In his 1964 song The Times They are a-Changin' Bob Dylan sang about political, social and cultural upheaval. Four decades later, Tahir Abbas examines the starkly different social phenomenon the USA finds itself embroiled in: that of ...

Yasmin Khatib measures ethnicity

When Yasmin Khatib was asked to write a few words to describe how academics conduct research to measure ‘ethnicity’ she was willing and happy to write about a subject that has both intrigued and puzzled her over the ...

What breathes fire into the equations

The introduction to the original 1988 edition of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time (Bantam Press) was written by the late Carl Sagan, a leading American physicist who was also atheist. According to Usama Hasan, in this ...

The British Mosque: a social and architectural history

In Britain, the number of mosques has been steadily and exponentially increasing since the 1960’s, Shahed Saleem's research has found. From the mid 1970’s purpose built mosques have been making an appearance, so introducing the ...