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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 ...

A Saudi Vignette

Shanon Shah
It’s easy to get angry every time one hears news about Saudi Arabia. The latest to test me is the Kingdom’s recent spate of horrific beheadings. I’ve never been to Saudi Arabia myself and my vision of the country is ...

50 Years of British Asian TV by Avaes Mohammad

Britain in the 1960’s, having been governor to one fifth of the world’s population, was now learning to play host. Some three thousand immigrants a week were reportedly seeking to build a new life here from the commonwealth. In the ...

CM16: Turkey

Tahir Abbas is captivated by the complexity of Turkish politics and culture. Ahmet T. Kuru is unimpressed by the authoritarian tendencies of the current regime. Edip Asaf Bekaroglu struggles with the ambiguity of Turkish ...