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Towards A Historiography of Terrorism

On the 10th April 2024, three children under the age of 10 were killed as they travelled with their families to visit relatives for Eid ul-Fitr. Another young child later died as a result of the injuries she sustained in this same attack. Their murder provoked almost no outcry in the Western media. It was justified by many commentators on grounds of their lineage: the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) had killed them, the story went, because they were the grandchildren of Ismail Haniyeh, the political leader of Hamas (an organisation proscribed by the UK government, among others). For many commentators in the so-called West, these extra-judicial killings (which also included several other members of Haniyeh’s family) constituted a small-scale victory over the discursively established category of violence referred to under the moniker ‘terrorism’. Outside of Westernese frameworks, however, many asked a simple – if controversial – question: could the murder of a four-year-old girl really constitute the annihilation of a terror threat?

Policing Palestinian Protests

On the 14th of March 2024, as part of his role as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove’s new definition of extremism was released. Ostensibly the new definition is being posited as ‘guidance’ for a ‘common-sense’ approach to tackling extremism.

Zionist Settler Colonialism and Framing Palestinian Resistance

Patrick Wolfe’s Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology has been one of the most persuasive theoretical interventions for understanding settler colonialism. With the latest phase in Israel’s genocidal project against the Palestinians in Gaza and displacement and Apartheid in the West Bank, Israel as a settler colonial project is being reemphasized in the public sphere.

Against Impossibility

The conviction that the sharīʿa has been slain by modernity could be read as the resuscitation of the early classical debate on the sharīʿa’s fatigue. Yet it marks both a continuation and a departure from that debate’s original form. In its modern form, the question of the sharīʿa’s fatigue or death is entertained not by its jurists, but by historians trained in Western institutions.

Staged Elections: Pakistan 2024

According to a wide range of analysts, Pakistan’s parliamentary elections scheduled for 8th February 2024, will be the most rigged election in the country’s history. The reason for this is the state authorities’ steely determination to thwart the anticipated victory of former PM Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, leading by a wide margin in several major opinion polls commanding over 60% support.

Knowledge, Islamisation and Critique in Malaysia

Various initiatives have been undertaken to counter the problematics of colonization, modernity and knowledge production, furthermore to disentangle these legacies of the West still prevailing towards Islam, Muslims, and the whole world. Among the initiatives, Islamisation of Knowledge and Critical Muslim Studies are discussed here in conversation with one another, with reference to Malaysia.

Policing Palestinian Protests

On the 14th of March 2024, as part of his role as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove’s new definition of extremism was released. Ostensibly the new definition is being posited as ‘guidance’ for a ‘common-sense’ approach to tackling extremism.

Zionist Settler Colonialism and Framing Palestinian Resistance

Patrick Wolfe’s Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology has been one of the most persuasive theoretical interventions for understanding settler colonialism. With the latest phase in Israel’s genocidal project against the Palestinians in Gaza and displacement and Apartheid in the West Bank, Israel as a settler colonial project is being reemphasized in the public sphere.

The Struggle for Pakistan

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS/ CONFERENCES

3rd International Conference on Critical Muslim Studies: ReOrienting the (Global) South - 24-26 June 2024

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31st January 2024

 

The 3rd Critical Muslim Studies Conference invites scholars, researchers, and thinkers to engage with the theme of ReOrienting the (Global) South. This conference seeks to explore the intricate intersections between anti-colonialism, ethno-nationalism, and the emergence of Muslim political identities following the de facto abolition of the Caliphate in 1924.

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3rd IISRA Annual Conference

Submission Deadline: 22nd December 2024

 

CFP: Islamophobia: Ethnonationalism, Memory and Belonging – Location for the Conference Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Everyday Islamophobia: Special Issue

Abstract Submission Deadline: 3rd March 2023

 

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

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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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