What is Islam?: A Call for Scholastic Innovation

It is a deceptively innocent, straightforward question – what is Islam? Yet, this question has invited assumptions, debates, laws, and wars that have picked up in both speed and power over the course of the…

Indian Madrasa: On the Verge of Tomorrow

In the contemporary understanding, the word madrasa connotes various meanings and interpretations. For Muslims, however, this word has its historical significance as an institution for learning; in the modern world, it was set up as…

Modern Salafism: One Ideology, Many Movements

The modern use of the term Salafism is ambiguous and confusing. This ambiguity becomes apparent when many Salafis themselves are not entirely clear about what Salafism entails, assuming that it is simply to follow the…

“There is No Greater Harm to Knowledge”

There are objective criteria by which to determine who has greater expertise, whether on specific events, ideas, or people in history. Scholars of the Middle East risk committing blunders when claiming to speak with authority…