Tagged: islam

The Contemporary Monomyth

It is exceedingly difficult to get people to tell each other new and different stories than they do.

Yet it may prove to be existentially important to persuade them to do exactly that.

Wine and Punishment

Is it racist to call the Saudis barbaric for planning to cane an elderly British man for having bottles of homemade wine in his car? Can I say that, objectively speaking, my values are better than the values of these people? Does this have anything to do with Islam?


Casus Contendentes (Now With Update)

Burt Likko wonders whether, despite the unmitigated human rights awfulness that is the nascent would-be state forming in northern Iraq, swallowing our idealism and adopting a strategy of economic containment wouldn’t be a more practical alternative to making war against ISIS.

UPDATE: Reaction to President Obama’s address of September 10.

Islam and the Nobel Prize

Andrew Sullivan points to a recent post by Isaac Chotiner in which the latter defends the general thrust of a recent, incendiary tweet from Richard Dawkins.

FNC: Where a Muslim is Just a Muslim

Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus Christ, pushes back against FNC’s Lauren Green’s assertions that it was somehow inappropriate for a Muslim to write a book about the founder...

Driving Blind: Long Lost Books and University Crooks

A segment at NPR outlines the fight in Texas to transform the state university system. Governor Perry and private sector elites want to make higher education in the state more affordable and efficient,

Muslims and PR: A response to comments

Because of the large number of comments to my last post, I hope it is acceptable that I respond to them en masse below. First, perhaps I didn’t clearly set out the nature of...

Muslims and the need for reform or, at least, better PR

Two weeks ago, the Orange County Federalist Society, of which I am honored to serve as vice-president, hosted Andrew McCarthy to talk about the King Hearings on the question of radical Islam.  A few...

Fear and Failures of Interpretation

By Kyle Cupp In his post on Islamic terminology, Ned Resnikoff observed: Whereas Talmudic scholars disagree with one another of the interpretation of their holy text, there’s vast disagreement within Islam about what constitutes...

Let’s Get Our Islamic Terminology Straight

Image via Wikipedia Playing off of Mark’s post against the Oklahoma ban on sharia law, it’s important to note that most of the contemporary debate over Sharia law in the United States seems to...

Private Arbitration and Islamic Law

In one of the recent threads on the supposed “threat” of sharia law and the resulting need for anti-sharia legislation, such as the recently passed resolution in Oklahoma, a commenter argues: By allowing Sharia...

Clash of Civilizations

Ta-Nehisi Coates posts the below video, writing: I don’t even know what to say anymore. It’s officially fine to be bigoted toward Muslims. The panel (rather politely) dissented. I guess that’s a good thing....

Anti-Muslim Bigotry & Double Standards

Except that I do not think the Juan Williams Incident qualifies as outright bigotry, I do agree with Greenwald on this point: The double standard in our political discourse — which tolerates and even...