Race and Islam: Doctrine and the Vernacular

Islam, like all religious identities, is both a way of knowing and a mode of practice.  Racial identity is also a way of knowing and a mode of practice. In other words, like all identities,…

The Problem of “Political Sufism”

In my 2013 MA thesis entitled “Making Lite of Islam: Representations of Sufism in American Religion and the Public Sphere”, I devoted a chapter to the proceedings of the “Understanding Sufism and its Potential Role in US…

Understanding the Deoband Movement

When I began researching the Deoband movement as a graduate student, I knew basically three things about the Deobandis: there are hundreds of madrasas around the world modelled after the original Deobandi seminary, the Dar…

Islam in America: Salve for Strained Race Relations

And with racism now plaguing in America like an incurable cancer all thinking Americans should be more respective to Islam as an already proven solution to the race problem. –Malcolm X The political ascendency of…