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The Past That Claims the Future

Muddasir Ramzan

These days, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade, I have had an opportunity to explore the wealth of our heritage. Kashmir, besides being known as a war-torn territory shrouded in the magnificence of nature, is also renowned as the abode of great saints and Sufis, witness to people of different faiths living together.

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Why I Am A Muslim

Reza Aslan

(CNN) As a writer and scholar of religions, I am often asked how, knowing all that I know about the religions of the world, I can still call myself a believer, let alone a Muslim.

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A Battle for the Soul of Pakistan

Beena Sarwar

I wonder if the bangle sellers outside the shrine are alive. I still have some chunky glass bangles I bought, bargaining more for the sake of it than to save money.

Did the woman bouncing a little girl on her shoulders, chanting and dancing to an inner beat before the drums sounded, go back last Thursday? Did they survive the blast?

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In Memory of Dr Najah Kadhim Al-Radhi

It is with deep sorrow that the Muslim Institute learned, on 7 January 2017, of the untimely death of Dr Najah Kadhim Al-Radhi, the secretary of International Forum for Islamic Dialogue (IFID), and much-loved Muslim Institute Fellow.

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Suddenly Muslims are America's Pariahs

Nesrine Malik

Within minutes of Donald Trump signing his executive order banning the entry of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, the horror stories started coming through. Sudanese friends and relatives, some of whom had lived their entire lives in the United States, some who were in the air as the order was signed, found themselves prevented from entering the country.

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A Muslim Epiphany?

Shanon Shah

It’s nice being glass half full. Which is why I’m thinking, “Wow, an Episcopalian cathedral included readings from the Quran in its Epiphany service!” Epiphany, celebrated on 6 January in the Western Church, commemorates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ to the Three Wise Men or Three Kings.

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Muslim Institute Winter Gathering: Blessed Are the Innovators

Fellows and friends of the Muslim Institute descended on Sarum College in Salisbury for the Eighth Annual Muslim Institute Winter Gathering on 2-4 December to explore the theme 'Blessed are the Innovators'. Speakers and sessions discussed the extent to which innovation has enabled Islam and Muslims to flourish in diverse contemporary contexts.

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Sorry, Louise Casey, but Muslim Women are Held Back by Discrimination

Aina Khan

If like me you’re female, Muslim and from an ethnic minority background, it sometimes feels like a one-way ticket into economic and social purgatory.

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Trump, Empathy and Hope

Shanon Shah

You’ve tried your best to counter an individual who spreads lies, hatred and fear of the Other. Despite your best efforts, this individual has come into a position of significant power and seems poised to deliver on cryptic promises to handle the Other. And because this individual seems to have so much support from folks of backgrounds similar to you, you despair that people will think you are a bigot, too. Are you:

a.      A US voter who did not vote for Donald Trump?

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Muslims at Sea: From Barbary Pirates to Brick Lane

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, held a study day on Saturday 10th September 2016 on the history of Muslims at sea, in partnership with the Muslim Institute.

The Institute talked to Dr Aaron Jaffer of the National Maritime Museum about the museum’s archives and exciting new discoveries on the history of lascars, and of religion and rebellion aboard British ships.

 

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