Social and cultural issues

My Night(mare) with Philosophers by Samia Rahman

Social and cultural issues
It is the nocturnal life that seems to suit me best. Since my early days I have felt both a fascination and contentment with the stillness of the night. The moonlit hours of my much younger days were often spent reading and writing feverishly while the daytime seemed too alive with distractions to allow the full immersion of thought and isolation of presence that writing required. I can ...

Child Algebra by Merryl Wyn Davies

Social and cultural issues
Alegbra is beyond me. I’ve never mastered the intricacies of the coded language of equations. I wonder whether this is why I am often at a loss with the convolutions of public debate. There is a kind of moral algebra at work in how we perceive and tackle issues. And for me they just do not compute. Take the horrific recent case in Rochdale. Vulnerable young girls were ...

A Good Neologism? by Merryl Wyn Davies

Social and cultural issues
Where can we find a good neologism when we need one? Unfortunately, neologism is an inelegant term. It is about as unappealing as most of the new fangled words deliberately coined for things we find we have a need to describe. Neologisms, however, possess a particular virtue: they encode plurality. A new word names and defines an addition to our thought and action an expanded understanding ...

Making Reform Real - the Moroccan Family Code

Social and cultural issues
The Moroccan Family Code (MOUDAWANA) of February 5, 2004 An unofficial English translation of the original Arabic text provided by Human Rights Education Associates A literal translation was privileged rather than attempts to clarify, explain or interpret the intention of the legislator. We hope this translation will be useful to ...

Where do Communities Come From?

Social and cultural issues
Chandrika Parmar listens to debates exploring the concept of community at the Muslim Institutes’ Summer Conference. The Muslim Institute’s Summer Conference brought a diverse set of individuals together in Cardiff to explore ‘the idea of community’. The conference could be visualised as a conversation, mediation and dialogue with three forms of identity. Most of ...

Sounding Out British Islam

Social and cultural issues
To speak of Islam and music, for some, is to consider a rich history that stretches from the mysticism of North African Sufism, to classical Arabic and Persian modal systems, through to the popularised Qawwali of Pakistan and Punjab, explains Carl Morris. Others will perhaps focus on a traditional Islamic discourse, historically unsettled and divisive, that has long sought to ...