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After the Dictators: Maha Azzam's hopes and fears for the Middle East

At the beginning of March a packed lecture theatre at City University’s Olive Tree Programme’s Middle East Forum listened attentively as Dr Maha Azzam took stock of the rapidly developing situation in North Africa and the Middle ...

All that Muslim Jazz - discography

Ahmed Abdul-Malik -oud & Johnny Griffin-tenor sax Jazz Saraha: Ahmed Abdul-Malik’s Middle-Eastern Music(1958) Riverside LP RLP 1121, Original Jazz Classics OJCCD 1820-2 Ahmed Abdul-Malik - oud East Meets ...

Why Defend Usama Hasan?

‘Enough is enough: we cannot stand by and allow people to terrorise, stifle debate and issue death threats in the name of our faith’. Muslims in Britain and beyond uphold the right: • to express informed opinions without ...

'Shush if you dare speak' cautions Amjad Hussain on the politics of blasphemy

Scholars would struggle to find a single verse in the Holy Quran or the Sunnah and the Sira of the Prophet (pbuh) to justify the blasphemy law, let alone a death sentence for it. Apologists would say that Islam is frequently attacked from ...

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 ...