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Why Yusuf al-Qaradawi Still Matters

The Global Mufti’s Legacy

It is the Muslim Brotherhood and Banna’s vision for Islam in postcolonial modernity that most deeply characterizes Qaradawi’s ideological outlook. At the heart of this outlook is an understanding that Islam is characterized by “shumuliyya” (comprehensiveness).

Abortion in Jewish Law Is Nuanced, Controversial and Never Forbidden

Jewish Law Is Liberal on Abortion

The Florida synagogue’s argument that its religious freedom is compromised by an abortion ban is not a spurious action by an abortion-rights lobby within the congregation. It reflects a Jewish view that, while an abortion may be fraught with controversy, it is not an option to be denied.

Responses to the Rushdie Attack Show What Khomeini’s Fatwa Was About

Responses to the Rushdie Attack Show What Khomeini’s Fatwa Was About

Thirty-three years ago, two British Sunni Muslim activists traveled to Iran, where they expressed their outrage over Salman Rushdie’s novel “The Satanic Verses” to a government minister. The very same day, Ayatollah Khomeini issued his now infamous fatwa. Like the fatwa, the attack on Rushdie has unified Muslim extremists across sectarian lines and across the globe.

Memory of Rushdie’s ‘Satanic Verses’ Grows Hazy

Memory of Rushdie’s ‘Satanic Verses’ Grows Hazy

Because of the subsequent controversy, few now recall the history of the book: that it was published in Persian before the fatwa; that Arab and Muslim intellectuals defended Rushdie; and that the author himself considered the novel to be part of the Islamic, not Western, literary tradition.

How Jordan Peterson Ruined His Image With Muslims

How Jordan Peterson Ruined His Image With Muslims

Gaining fans without really trying, he came to embrace Muslim thinkers and activists on his podcast. Buoyed by his clear adulation from Muslims around the world and the success of many of these recordings, he addressed his fans directly. With his patronizing tone, ignorance of Islam, and disregard for political realities and sensitivities, he has eroded the fanbase he never set out to capture but nevertheless appreciated. Muslims have a message for Jordan Peterson, but whether he will listen is doubtful.

Arab History Through Medieval Spanish Eyes — with Aymenn Al-Tamimi

Arab History Through Medieval Spanish Eyes — with Aymenn Al-Tamimi

Aymenn Al-Tamimi joins New Lines’ Lydia Wilson to discuss the 13th century Latin text “Historia Arabum” — one of the oldest works of Islamic history by a Western author — and why he decided to translate it into Arabic.

The (Downplayed) Story of Female Scholars, Teachers and Leaders in Islam

The (Downplayed) Story of Female Scholars, Teachers and Leaders in Islam

Throughout the history of Islam, women have been scholars, teachers, imams, leaders and patrons of the arts and sciences, a history that Muslim leaders would do well to remember before controlling female participation in politics and religion.