Western Islam

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Ramadan 2008 - the detox program

Ramadan Mubarak.

Most Muslims in Australia have started their fasting today. I've been thinking about what to say to my co-workers and friends when I decline to have a coffee or lunch with them. I've decided to explain that I am on a month-long detox program. For those that want to know more I'll explain that it evolves moral and ethical practices as well as a physical regime with the aim to improve the community as well as myself.

Islam and Apostasy

by Rafiq Clarkson

I embraced Islam over 15 years ago. I feel humbled that Allah had chosen me for this beautiful and enriching experience. As well as a gift, becoming a Muslim was also the acceptance of a task. Allah was asking me to give my all to better Islam and the whole human race.

The Clash of Ignorance

by Waleed Aly

Westerners like to divide Muslims into “moderates” and “fundamentalists”. The very terms reveal the depths of Western misunderstanding.

Postmodernism, don't fight it, embrace it

by Rafiq Clarkson

I am going to discuss postmodernism, Islam, ourselves and our readings of the Qur’an. In my brief survey of writers they seem to either: (1) disparage postmodernism as an aberrant child of modernism (cf Postmodernity and the crisis of “truth” by Muqtedar Khan); or (2) treat it as a cultural force of late capitalism; i.e. it is couched in terms of post-colonialism exploitation of Muslims and it is mainly concerned with the ‘media’ as postmodernism par excellence (cf Postmodernism and Islam - Predicament and Promise, Akbar S Ahmed).

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