Critical Muslim | 13


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January 2015 9781849044899 256pp


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


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.  

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