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Afghanistan, Education and Neo-Colonialism

Western humanitarianism has long been critiqued as a form of preserving neo-colonial structures. A clear example of this can be seen with the funds that were made available for female education within Afghanistan. UNICEF has been developing the education programmes...

Empire and the Global Ummah

It is imperative that we come to terms with an increasingly glaring fact: the idea of America is dead. America as a global archetype of leadership is in decline. America’s crisis is not geopolitical but existential. The images of militarized police firing tear gas...

What I Learnt About Being the Other in Two Contexts

It has been almost two months now since news of several girls in Karnataka being denied entry in their school because of their hijabs hit in the headlines in India. I sat scrolling on my phone, oceans and continents away, reading headlines of opinion pieces, feminist...

Ukraine and Fanon: Racism is “Atmospheric” in Western Discourse

In Wretched of the Earth, Fanon’s seminal work on colonialism and decolonial discourse, the notion of the colonizer violence being “atmospheric” and inescapable by the colonized population. Critically, Fanon’s writings emphasized the psychological dimensions of...

Muslims, the Left and the Right

The problem of identity is largely about the question of who sets the terms of the debate. Muslims find themselves in the middle of a long-standing rift between conservative ideology on one hand and a liberal and leftist ideology on another. Among other issues, Islam...

“I couldn’t breathe.”

A policeman presses his knee on the neck of a young man, a person of colour lying on the ground and struggling to breathe. To unbalance the man, the police officer had pulled the man’s head back and rammed his knee into the man’s stomach. Once floored, a second police...

Empire and the Global Ummah

It is imperative that we come to terms with an increasingly glaring fact: the idea of America is dead. America as a global archetype of leadership is in decline. America’s crisis is not geopolitical but existential. The images of militarized police firing tear gas canisters evoke the image of power as violence. That is, without doubt, a form of power that we as Muslims are all too familiar with. There is, however, a more latent form of power that evades our gaze: it is the management of dissent.

What I Learnt About Being the Other in Two Contexts

It has been almost two months now since news of several girls in Karnataka being denied entry in their school because of their hijabs hit in the headlines in India. I sat scrolling on my phone, oceans and continents away, reading headlines of opinion pieces, feminist tirades, and enraged updates by Muslims. I was nowhere close to everything that was happening, yet not feeling any calmer than I would have if I was in India.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ReOrienting the Post-Western: 1st International Conference on Critical Muslim Studies

23rd - 25th September 2022 | University of Leeds

 

To mark the fifth anniversary of the journal ReOrient, the Centre for Ethnic and Racism Studies (CERS) at the University of Leeds will be hosting the first international conference on Critical Muslim Studies.

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Hindutva And The Muslim Subject

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31st May 2022

 

We are delighted to invite submissions for the special issue featuring in ‘ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies’ on the theme of Hindutva and the Muslim Subject.

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About Us

This website is a platform for bringing together and putting forward the different elements of Critical Muslim Studies as a field of thought and study. Critical Muslim Studies is not confined to a single discipline, or scholarly work, or methodological approach. It is an epistemological orientation that starts from the idea that the hierarchy between the west and the non-west is no longer assured…

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