The Carnival of Islam in the West (5)
January 12, 2007 § 7 Comments
The Carnival of Islam in the West is not just another blog carnival. Yes its true, that there are political carnivals on the Web, carnivals on technology and feminism; there are even carnivals on cats… really cats. But The Carnival of Islam in the West and its dynamic counterpart The Carnival of Brass, represent the voice of a greatly underrepresented people, that make up a significant part of the population; who have a particular and personal interest in both the historical and current affairs, politics and even wars with Muslims in the Near-East, Middle-East and Asia. As well as an interest centered around civil rights and social equality for Muslims of the Occident (United States, Canada, U.K., Australia, etc.).
In this, the 5th Edition of The Carnival of Islam in the West, we will find 6 fine articles which I have commented on in a format similar to an annotated bibliography. I must say that although the number of articles is much less than we have received in the past, the quality of the articles and subject matter is of a standard that I am proud to publish on this blog, so lets get on with it shall we…
AnonyMouse. Musings of a Muslim Mouse. “Musings of a Muslim Mouse”. Jan 2007
The most popular teen Muslima in the blogosphere compiles a few brief but delightful thoughts into a blogpost. In this article, AnonyMouse a Canadian Muslimah, writes about a ‘gothic biker-chick turned political shaykha’, as well as a story from her own life where she wrestles with her own identity and the associated labels. She closes out with a few words on what makes Western Muslim so unique in our home environment.
Baraka. Pilgrimage to Ground-Zero. “Truth and Beauty”. Jan 2007
Baraka, a Pakistani-American Muslim woman from San Francisco, CA penned a story about a recent pilgrimage – as Muslims do annually in Mecca, Saudi Arabia – to gain a closeness to God and assistance in times of distress. Though this pilgrimage was not to Mecca but, to New York City and the former site of the World Trade Towers. In her pilgrimage to the 9/11 site she is reminded of the media images and devastation that still haunt the minds of Americans and the entire World, yet manages to find spiritual solace and the closeness to God that she was searching for.
Birt, Yahya. Notes on Islamophobia. “Musings on the Britannic Crescent”. Dec 2006
Yahya Birt, writer, researcher and fellow at the Islamic Foundation in Leicestershire informs discusses Islamophobia and identifies those who propagate Islamophobic sentiment. Birt suggests that Islamophobia is a new form of cultural racism which isolates and targets an entire religious group. Incedentally, the group (Muslims) largely encompass a non-white ethnic majority. The fear is that Muslims support the return of political Islam (i.e. Islamism) which Islamophobes view as political and social regression.
Kashmiri Nomad. Saddam Hussein’s Execution and the Future. “Islam and the West – Opinions of a Kashmiri Nomad”. Jan 2007
The Kashmiri Nomad, a Kashmiri living in Western Europe addresses, arguably, the most controversial topic among Muslims in 2007. This article identifies two purposes in the execution of the former Iraqi leader, justice and closure. The Kashmiri Nomad also discusses the highly debated issue of the contrast in information about how Hussein ‘fell to his death’, and the discrepancy between the video feeds from mobile phones and those broad-casted on the Iraqi National Broadcast channel.
Lawrence of Arabia. Standing Outside the Mosque in Lahore: the Modesty of Edwin Lord Meeks. “Revolt in the Desert”. Dec 2006
Lawrence of Arabia, a somewhat mysterious educator from North Carolina (U.S.), brings some attention to the works of Edwin Lord Meeks, Jean-Leon Gerome and Henry Siddon Mowbray, three orientalists and artists from the late 19th century. Lawrence shows us that, in spite of the criticism bestowed upon the orientalists for their imaginative and bigoted portrayals of everything non-Western, a beauty exists in their work and an inarguable element of talent guides each stroke on the canvas.
Strong, Dar Nun. What Islamists think and why it doesn’t work. “A Muslim ThinkTank”. Dec 2006
Dar Nun Strong, an intellectual and graduate of Oxford University, living in London writes a provocative piece on an emotive subject, Islamism. In this article Strong asks the question, ‘what do Islamists think?’ In the article he recounts the details of a conversation with an Islamist, it was this conversation which provoked Strong’s interest on this topic. Strong draws on examples from Sayyid Qutb, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Hizb-ullah and Shaykh Riyad al-Nadwi among other to explain the spectrum of Islamist thought, that is feared by Islamophobes.
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