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Knowledge as Politics by Other Means: An Interview with Wael Hallaq (Part One)
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An important interview series at Jadaliyya with one of the leading scholars in Islamic studies, Wael Hallaq. Discussions on the inability or lack of interest of Western and Islamic scholars to confront one another in dialogue and the uncritical adoption of hegemonic Western liberalist discourse.




On the Marriage of Aisha
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The so-called ‘scandal of the marriage of Aisha to the Prophet Muhammad’ is a favorite topic for Islamophobes and anti-Islam polemicists alike. It is a distorted topic that they luridly present, attempting to create the narrative that Islam allows men to have sex with prepubescent girls and that the Prophet Muhammad was a “pedophile.”




Why you shouldn’t tell American border guards you’re in Islamic Studies
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On May 1, 2010, Pascal Abidor was riding an Amtrak train from Montreal to New York. His parents live in Brooklyn, and he was on his way to visit them. The school year at McGill had just ended, and he felt relieved and calm as the train rolled south towards America.




Islamic publishing house flourishes in US
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For decades, Islamic publishing in the US was a small but steady market, with just a handful of players. But after the September 11 attacks, interest in the religion heightened, as did enrolment in Islamic studies courses at universities across the United States.




Embrace Muslim neighbors; they are not the enemy
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He was excited when he arrived in the United States, having observed the country from afar through television and movies. But his excitement faded. He had been studying here for three years, and during all that time had hoped to befriend a typical American family.




Countering Islamophobia post-9/11
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Following Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s recent visit to the United States, our Higher Education Ministry offered to send experts in Islamic studies to the United States to help counter Islamophobia by giving the people lessons on Islam.




Muslim Prayer Room Was Part of Life at Twin Towers
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Muslim workers worshiped peacefully and without controversy for years in a room on the 17th floor of the south tower. Sometime in 1999, a construction electrician received a new work assignment from his union. The man, Sinclair Hejazi Abdus-Salaam, was told to report to 2 World Trade Center, the southern of the twin towers.




Islamophobes fail to stitch up Feisal Abdul Rauf
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Although this caused much excitement, some of us were able to cast our minds back a whole six weeks or so to the previous time a conservative pundit had released an “explosive” recording of someone speaking; the results had not been encouraging.