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Ye Olde British Value of Hijab

The Normans in England:

1066 to 1485 CE

This diagram comes from a book about ‘The Normans’. Though it’s for kids, the consultants for the book included Professor of History, J.C. Holt, from the University of Reading. In this section it talks about Norman dress for the ladies. It explains about the ‘wimple’ – which, in my opinion, is basically hijab that would be worn as part of ‘being modest’.

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A History of Islam in China

This video by br. Isa Ma is a great snap-shot on the history of Islam in China. It is 20 minutes – but the brother is an engaging speaker. Continue reading

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English Girls Wearing ‘Hijab’ 100 Years Ago

Professor Venessa Toulmin is a cultural historian. In this video she makes an interesting observation about a correlation between ‘respectable’ forms of ettiquette in Edwardian midlands and its similarity to the Muslim practice of Hijab both united in upholding a conservative, traditional and I would add a ‘normative’ notion of modesty in the Abrahamic part of the world.

This has been evidenced by rare footage, that is practically lost to/lost on contemporary popular culture and its populace, whose direction is being led by market interests.

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What on Earth is Epistemicide?

Epistemicide: n.

1. “The killing of other knowledge systems.” (cf. ‘Decolonization of knowledge, epitemecide, participatory research and higher education’ by Hall and Tandon (2017)).

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Taking Exception to Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism

Is there a Mono-Modernity or are there Multiple Modernities? Establishing this first will then lead us to ask further questions…

Faheem A. Hussain

Published at MENA etc. on 09/12/2016.

It takes a brave person to comment on the Middle East, one never knows when a crisis will erupt that threaten to render one’s judgment obsolete. Since first reading Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism [1], Turkey’s AK Party have suffered an attempted failed coup orchestrated by parts of Turkey’s military, and Tunisian Islamists rebranded as Muslim Democrats, events dramatic enough to render chapters from the book out of date. However because Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution and author of the Temptations of Power, is one of the most thoughtful commentators on the Middle East one can be confident that his new book Islamic Exceptionalism[2] will remain relevant longer than most.

The book principally examines four manifestations of Islamism in the Middle East: the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood after the coup, An-Nahda party in Tunisia, the AK Party…

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Get Rich for Allah: Reflection (Modern Muslim 5 of 8)

‘Get Rich for Allah’ was a video made by William Barylo and was posted in a previous post, HERE. This post is a reponse to it after considering the way it presented its points.

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Transhumanism and Islam: A Teaser

“Can modern technology make us superhumans? Will we ever defeat death by means of advanced bioengineering? Can we upload our minds onto a computer and become digitally immortal?

“These questions used to be the subject of lot of Science Fiction movies, but now as science progresses, scientists are seriously considering to make some of these ideas a reality. Millions of dollars are being spent in research and engineering projects surrounding this race to become larger than life. As Artificial Intelligence takes over most of our lives in the modern world, serious questions need answers. Science is incapable of foreseeing the end result of this power it has unleashed. Philosophy can only so much as reason the odds. It has to be something that transcends time and can give us a vision of how the future will look.

“The miracle of the Quran is that it explains all things – past, present and future. We believe that as Muslims we need to take the Quran as our lens to view the world. In doing so we can then address the challenges facing humanity at large.” (SOURCE: the blurb from the video, above. Presenting the first official teaser of our Episode 2 of Project Equidistance – A documentary series on Science and Islam.)

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