Thursday, July 26, 2007

Islam and Reform Round Up

By Ali Eteraz - The Huffington Post - NY, NY, U.S.A.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I have noticed a glut of information among average Americans on reform and progressive Islam. This causes many Americans to buy into dishonest ideas about Muslims and the Muslim world, such as: they need us to save themselves.

In this occasional "round up" series I will direct people to interesting theological and political developments as well as good blogs, books and articles on lifestyle stuff.

* Discussion about a major Pakistani scholar who helped repeal the heinous rape laws of 1979 which had required four witnesses to prove a rape case. His sustained attack on violent interpretations of Islam is also highlighted, as well as his background. I consider him one of the three most important Muslims in the world today.

* Blogger compares flirting in New York with flirting in Kuwait. Balances it out with news about female activist who is a role model for Kuwaiti women.

* Essential blog on Muslim world and democracy.

* This blogger wants someone to start monitoring Muslim fashion - and links to some pictures.

* Egyptian-American enters country music, and does it well.

* Major American-Muslim leader says that holocaust denial is against Islam.

* Muslims for Progressive Values, based in the U.S., get their official launch.

* I discover an excellent website to get information about Iran.

* UK Muslim argues that terrorism must be condemned for its "inherent injustice."

* A good book to read about how a Muslim jurist reconcile injustice among Muslims and his faith is The Search for Beauty in Islam.

* In the mood for a novel about genies, Sufis and the Israeli Defense Force? Check out Irving Karchmar's Master of the Jinn. It's Sufism meets The Mummy. In the tradition of cool Sufi things, its affordable!

* Yahya Birt's blog deals with radicalism and deradicalization among UK Muslims, multiculturalism and the Islamic tradition. Heavier, but necessary, fare.

* Harvard Law Review article about one of Pakistan's persecuted minority community.

* Egypt's Grand Mufti affirms liberal democracy. Now if they could only get rid of that dictator.

* In order to recognize that Islamic Reform is not necessarily a theological movement but something part and parcel of world human rights and social justice, it would be apt to read this commentary on the state of the world's human rights by the head of Amnesty International.

* Just so we know there is a lot of hard work left, here are a couple of bad news items.

That's all. If readers wish to share news items they come across, email them to me: eteraz at gmail dot com. If you are a blogger and want to share a post, stop by my blog when I do a "round up call."

1 comment:

irving said...

Thanks for reposting ali Eteraz's piece on the Huffington Post, and for keeping in the mention of Master of the Jinn.

Sufism meets The Mummy? lol Now that would be fun :)

Ya Haqq!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Islam and Reform Round Up
By Ali Eteraz - The Huffington Post - NY, NY, U.S.A.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I have noticed a glut of information among average Americans on reform and progressive Islam. This causes many Americans to buy into dishonest ideas about Muslims and the Muslim world, such as: they need us to save themselves.

In this occasional "round up" series I will direct people to interesting theological and political developments as well as good blogs, books and articles on lifestyle stuff.

* Discussion about a major Pakistani scholar who helped repeal the heinous rape laws of 1979 which had required four witnesses to prove a rape case. His sustained attack on violent interpretations of Islam is also highlighted, as well as his background. I consider him one of the three most important Muslims in the world today.

* Blogger compares flirting in New York with flirting in Kuwait. Balances it out with news about female activist who is a role model for Kuwaiti women.

* Essential blog on Muslim world and democracy.

* This blogger wants someone to start monitoring Muslim fashion - and links to some pictures.

* Egyptian-American enters country music, and does it well.

* Major American-Muslim leader says that holocaust denial is against Islam.

* Muslims for Progressive Values, based in the U.S., get their official launch.

* I discover an excellent website to get information about Iran.

* UK Muslim argues that terrorism must be condemned for its "inherent injustice."

* A good book to read about how a Muslim jurist reconcile injustice among Muslims and his faith is The Search for Beauty in Islam.

* In the mood for a novel about genies, Sufis and the Israeli Defense Force? Check out Irving Karchmar's Master of the Jinn. It's Sufism meets The Mummy. In the tradition of cool Sufi things, its affordable!

* Yahya Birt's blog deals with radicalism and deradicalization among UK Muslims, multiculturalism and the Islamic tradition. Heavier, but necessary, fare.

* Harvard Law Review article about one of Pakistan's persecuted minority community.

* Egypt's Grand Mufti affirms liberal democracy. Now if they could only get rid of that dictator.

* In order to recognize that Islamic Reform is not necessarily a theological movement but something part and parcel of world human rights and social justice, it would be apt to read this commentary on the state of the world's human rights by the head of Amnesty International.

* Just so we know there is a lot of hard work left, here are a couple of bad news items.

That's all. If readers wish to share news items they come across, email them to me: eteraz at gmail dot com. If you are a blogger and want to share a post, stop by my blog when I do a "round up call."

1 comment:

irving said...

Thanks for reposting ali Eteraz's piece on the Huffington Post, and for keeping in the mention of Master of the Jinn.

Sufism meets The Mummy? lol Now that would be fun :)

Ya Haqq!