Posts Tagged: religion

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On The Eve of Ramadan

There is nothing more important for the sustenance of Islam, other than tawhid and imaan, than the unity of the Ummah. Our current situation in the world proves all the more the importance of this unity, from which we have fallen so quickly away.

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On The Eve of Ramadan

There is nothing more important for the sustenance of Islam, other than tawhid and imaan, than the unity of the Ummah. Our current situation in the world proves all the more the importance of this unity, from which we have fallen so quickly away.

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Racialized Muslim Bodies And White Revert Privilege

Awhile ago, I was involved in a great but challenging debate with some of my intellectual superiors on the issue of ‘White feminism’. The initial discussions revolved around feminist imperialism (or imperialist feminism). A discussant equated this with ‘White feminism.’

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Racialized Muslim Bodies And White Revert Privilege

Awhile ago, I was involved in a great but challenging debate with some of my intellectual superiors on the issue of ‘White feminism’. The initial discussions revolved around feminist imperialism (or imperialist feminism). A discussant equated this with ‘White feminism.’

Holy Stream of Consciousness, Foucault!

A while back, I had an extremely interesting and thought-provoking conversation with a friend of mine. He was taking a class on Foucault, and brought up his redefining of historical terms, primarily discussing the issue that sex and sexual identity were modern phenomena. It’s the idea that sexual identities, where we define sexual relations between individuals, are a product of modernity as opposed to anything natural. Foucault claims that prior to the 19th and 20th centuries, relations we now deem in a particular fashion were common and had nothing to do with personal identification.

Holy Stream of Consciousness, Foucault!

A while back, I had an extremely interesting and thought-provoking conversation with a friend of mine. He was taking a class on Foucault, and brought up his redefining of historical terms, primarily discussing the issue that sex and sexual identity were modern phenomena. It’s the idea that sexual identities, where we define sexual relations between individuals, are a product of modernity as opposed to anything natural. Foucault claims that prior to the 19th and 20th centuries, relations we now deem in a particular fashion were common and had nothing to do with personal identification.

Patrick Part II – the secular fundamentalist

“Fundamentalism” is, in and of itself, a contentious term which has come to take on completely negative connotations extending to all religions. For the sake of argument and brevity, I will adopt the term in its modern construction and with such connotations. Today, we relate zealousness, close-mindedness and religion to the term: a fundamentalist is a religious zealot who has medieval and unwavering ideas regarding religion and its role in society. My problem with this popular understanding of fundamentalism is not with the inclusion of religion, but rather the definition’s exclusiveness. Fundamentalism, as we take it to mean in the popular sense, should not be confined solely to religious zealots.

Patrick Part II – the secular fundamentalist

“Fundamentalism” is, in and of itself, a contentious term which has come to take on completely negative connotations extending to all religions. For the sake of argument and brevity, I will adopt the term in its modern construction and with such connotations. Today, we relate zealousness, close-mindedness and religion to the term: a fundamentalist is a religious zealot who has medieval and unwavering ideas regarding religion and its role in society. My problem with this popular understanding of fundamentalism is not with the inclusion of religion, but rather the definition’s exclusiveness. Fundamentalism, as we take it to mean in the popular sense, should not be confined solely to religious zealots.

Patrick, the Ideological Rationalist

Meet Patrick*, a young 22-year-old living and attending school in Alberta. Patrick’s your stereotypical college guy. He’s intelligent, good-looking, well-liked, laid-back, politically active, well-read, and knowledgeable about current affairs. The ladies love him and the guys want to be him. That kind of guy. But behind his bright I-want-to-knock-his-teeth-out kind of smile, there lies a deafening darkness. See, Patrick’s a conservative

Patrick, the Ideological Rationalist

Meet Patrick*, a young 22-year-old living and attending school in Alberta. Patrick’s your stereotypical college guy. He’s intelligent, good-looking, well-liked, laid-back, politically active, well-read, and knowledgeable about current affairs. The ladies love him and the guys want to be him. That kind of guy. But behind his bright I-want-to-knock-his-teeth-out kind of smile, there lies a deafening darkness. See, Patrick’s a conservative