Critical Muslim | 13
Critical Muslim is a quarterly magazine of ideas and issues showcasing ground breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world.
Hassan Mahamdallie argues that racism is twenty-first century’s main problem, Shannon Shah detects racial overtones within Islam, Robert Irwin examines race and racism in the Arabian Nights, Hugh Kennedy uncovers the ninth century Zanj slave uprisings, Sejad Mekic looks for signs of hope in Bosnia, Sadiyya Shaikh explores religious imaginaries of ibn Arabi, Avaes Mohammad evokes parallel lives in Blackburn, Gary MacFarlane revisits the Christian fundamentalism of abolitionist John Brown, Ziauddin Sardar has unsavoury encounters in Saudi Arabia, and Naima Khan accuses South Asian Muslims of looking down on Africans.
Also in this issue: Ruth Waterman’s photographs of Bosnia, an epic poem on Bhopal, poetry by Dorothea Smartt, a short story by Aiysha Jahan, race relations in Trinidad and our list of ten political organisations that promote Islamophobia.
Table of contents
Hassan Mahamdallie — Introduction: The Colour Line
Shanon Shah — Is Islam a Race?
Robert Irwin — The Dark Side of The Arabian Nights
Hugh Kennedy — The Revolt of the Zanj
Ziauddin Sardar — The Master Race
Avaes Mohammad — Blackburn
Jim Wolfreys — The Republic of Islamophobia
Gary McFarlane — John Brown Revisited
Sa’diyya Shaikh — Ibn Arabi and How to be Human
Barnaby Rogerson — On Pre-Islamic Hajj
Abdelwahab El-Affendi — Londonistan’s Other Big Bang
ARTS AND LETTERS
Ruth Waterman — In Camera: Bosnia
Tasnim Baghdadi — Hybrid Identity
Aiysha Jahan — Short Story: The Ladies’ Beach
Dorothea Smartt — Bilal
Elmi Ali — Three Poems
Declan Ryan — Home is the Journey
Samia Rahman — Cool Muslim Women
Naima Khan — J’Accuse: South Asian Privilege
Hassan Mahamdallie — Last Word: On Trinidad
The List — Ten Xenophobic Parties to Avoid
Ziauddin Sardar is an award-winning, internationally renowned writer, futurist and cultural critic. A former New Statesman columnist and Equality and Human Rights Commissioner, he has authored many books, including Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim; Reading the Qur'an; and Mecca: The Sacred City. He is editor of the influential quarterly Critical Muslim.