The Muslim Institute website brings a new kind of Muslim discourse to cyberspace. It hosts engaging and thought provoking commentary across the entire spectrum of culture, society and politics.

Green shoots of Kashmir by Muddasir Ramzan

It was great to watch people carrying different types of plants to put them in their gardens. Last week almost everyone in our village was busy in this process; some children too were helping their elders by carrying spades for digging pits for ...

Uzbekistan Revisited: Negotiating through Challenges and Opportunities on the Silk Route by Iftikhar H Malik

Last August, I had taken a handful of pictures of Tamerlane’s resting place in Samarkand in Uzbekistan’s second biggest and one of the world’s oldest cities and felt assured of their quality after leaving the site. Tamerlane (d. ...

Islam's LGBT allies

Shanon Shah
February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month. The theme this year is “Religion, Philosophy and Belief”. It’s partly about affirming individuals who identify as religious and LGBT and partly about ...

Winter in Kashmir by Muddasir Ramzan

It snowed last week and the Valley was shrouded in a white blanket. My long wait came to an end, snow adds more charm to the mesmerising beauty of Kashmir, but it ended all too soon. The winter here begins with the advent of the ...

The Harmonious Interweaving of Different Languages

Christina Fonthes
The Crows Plucked Your Sinews is a one woman play “about Somalis in Britain and Britain in Somalia”. The piece – written and directed by Hassan Mahamdallie, director of the Muslim Institute, with the ...

Cologne: Why Cultural Explanations are Dangerous for Feminism by Julie Billaud

Feminists everywhere should remember that Muslim men do not have the monopoly of rape and that in the struggle for equality, nothing is ever gained by vilifying others.

Spiritual Awakenings

Vladimir Karaj
Faith finds ways into a country childhood in communist Albania.

Five Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Should Read by Muqtedar Khan

Islamic intellectual culture suffers from a philosophy deficit. While there are a few philosophical thinkers in the Muslim World today none of them enjoys the rock star status that many pedestrian preachers and YouTube stalwarts enjoy. What this ...

How to Produce a Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Farouk A. Peru
The mixed messages one receives from the Malaysian government can render one totally desensitised after a while. One day they tell you we are all Malaysians, another day they tell you Malays are the rightful indigenes so it gets really ...

Leaving Home Always Happens Tomorrow

Khadija Abbasi
It was an autumn night in Mazar-e Sharif. We were all sitting around the sofra [i], having dinner. Ehsan, my 14-year old brother, cracked a joke by telling us about his friend who had been deported from Bandar-e Kabul, the station ...