Film "Mooz-lum": “Mooz-lums” have been here for a long time

The new film “Mooz-lum,” by writer/director Qasim Basir, might seem preachy at times, but the only message it seems to preach is that through embracing our common humanity, struggling through our own hopes, fears, strengths, and wounds, redemption is always possible. [Read more…]

Book "British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and the State": Is there room for Islam in European pluralism?

A new collection of essays entitled “British Secularism and Religion: Islam, Society and the State” grapples with religion and secularism in Europe with passing insights, delivered like glancing blows, and much throat-clearing. Hardly a comprehensive survey of the field, they are nonetheless valuable contributions. [Read more…]

Book "Journey into America": Victims and victimisers

Professor Akbar Ahmed’s evocatively written new book Journey into America: The challenge of Islam asks whether Muslims and Muslim Americans belong in the ummah only when it is victimised and not when it victimises. [Read more…]

Book "The Reluctant Mullah": Dark secrets and dysfunctional archetypes

Sagheer Afzal’s The Reluctant Mullah, in contrast to its similarly named predecessor The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is a story of a dysfunctional family torn between culture, religion and selfish motivations, who represent nobody other than their own fictional selves. [Read more…]

Film "Four Lions": Can terror be funny?

By parodying the terrorists rather than the terror itself, Chris Morris’ new film Four Lions allows us to conquer our own fears of terrorism and terrorists. And after 10 long years of serious terrorist-filled press and film coverage, the time has most certainly arrived for parody. [Read more…]

Book: "The Muslim Revolt": Looking for a revolution

In his new book, “The Muslim Revolt: A Journey Through Political Islam,” author Roger Hardy shows that what gets called “political Islam” is in fact highly variegated local issues – from Paris to southern Thailand to modern Turkey – whose politics have little in common. [Read more…]