Thinking Past Eurocentrism

“Eurocentrism cannot be found amongst the ancient Greeks or Romans, who did not identify with each other or with the tribes of Western Europe.  Romans thought Germanic and Celtic tribespeople were barbaric and inferior, owning them as slaves in Rome and depicting them as savages in art…

…After the fall of Rome, in one of the most remarkable cases of Stockholm syndrome in history, the conquered identified themselves with their conquerors and adopted Roman [and later Greek] history and identity as their own to make claims to power and lineage.”

Eric Gerlach

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The Parameters of Being a Layman “Scholar”

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This is not a definitive set of parameters. Not in the least. However, what is attempted is to begin an inquiry of sorts into the following challenge I’ve encountered as a Muslim: to purport to apply Islam for oneself or to explain Islam to Non-Muslims and Muslims, in the midst of primarily trying to learn, understand the said-knowledge myself, first, and at-the-same-time.

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Discussing the Truth… How?

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Part 1: How to Discuss the Truth?

(Written 29/07/15)

What is an acceptable level of discussion that enables the topic of Truth to be conversed without hurting people’s ideas of what they deem sacred?

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What caused the decline of the Muslim Civilisation?

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The historian and former banker, Benedikt Koehler, in his lecture on ‘Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism’ appears at a loss to explain what happened to the critical inquiry and dynamic underpinning that was the distinctive feature of the Early Islamic zeitgeist (watch from 49.05).

A young Hamza Yusuf once remarked bitterly in an old lecture that he was trying to calculate the exact day when all the Muslims collectively got together and – crank! – ‘switched their brains off ‘. (I will try and locate the exact lecture in due course.) Despite his frustrations in the joke, this notion – the implication – posits the ‘Closing of the Gates of Ijtihad’ scenario. We will explore this train of thought in due course (see below).

But what is being probed is the issue that where once the Muslim world was in a position of power, leading the world in sciences, economics and culture, now the same world has fallen to an all-time low. So what happened?

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Compare and Contrast: How do you kill a vampire?

(Exhibit 1: Dracula Untold trailer 2014, above)

Tread carefully through this museum of the macabre to unravel fact from fiction. Who was Dracula? Explore how the storytelling omits the ‘Muslim’ bit. And when it adds it in, Islamophobia mesmerises… it whitewashes the soul right out of you until you too are a lifeless, unthinking slave of the corporate bloodsuckers. But at least your vamp looks cool. Because looks are deceiving.

So QUESTION: How do you kill a vampire?

POSSIBLE ANSWERS (Check the 10 exhibits for the factional answer):

  1. Use garlic
  2. Thrust a stake through its heart; sever its head; burn the corpse
  3. Muslims required

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Release: A Critical Analysis of Jay Smith’s Mistakes About the Qur’an

ModWestMuse:

“Christian apologists in response to this weakening of their scripture, are now attempting to weaken the stature of the Qur’an’s preservation. Muslims for centuries, since the Qur’an’s revelation have held strongly to the belief that it is God who would guard the transmission and preservation of the Qur’an as is mentioned explicitly in Surah 15, Verse 9…

Christian apologists have challenged the Muslim world to apply their methodology of Textual Criticism to the Qur’an, so that we may establish that the dismal state of the New Testament manuscript record is on par with the Qur’an’s.

Unbeknownst to them, Muslims have been practising stringent critical studies of the Qur’an’s manuscript tradition since its revelation. For centuries before the development of New Testament Textual Criticism as it is known today, Muslims have been utilising the science of ‘Uloom al Qur’an (the sciences of the Qur’an). One such field within ‘Uloom al Qur’an is ‘Ilm al Rasm al Mushaf, or the Science of the Writing of the Copies of the Qur’an…”

You’ve got to read this!

Originally posted on Calling Christians:

Alhamdulillah, the paper is complete and can now both be viewed, and downloaded via Scribd:

Question and Answer:

  1. Did you write this all by yourself?Yes, I did. However along the way I had several brothers read it, authenticate my arguments, proof read it, criticise it, give suggestions, validate quotes, etc. This included Br. Waqar Cheema and Br. Ahmed Shaker.
  2. Were you asked to do this refutation?No, I was not asked to do this. I decided to do it after watching the debate and being annoyed at Jay’s dishonesty.
  3. Do you have Dan’s unpublished thesis?Yes, I do.
  4. Were you paid to produce this work?I was not paid for this work.
  5. How many words is this paper?The paper has 23, 908 words. It consists of 53 pages.
  6. Are you going to charge a fee for the paper?No, that has not crossed my mind and I don’t think it will.
  7. Why did it…

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An Unexpected Phone Call

 

Very interesting short clip. MashaAllah.

Three thoughts:

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