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Believer, religious studies, and the public « The Immanent Frame. When we ask what sort of religious studies work Believer does, we are truly asking, what is the nature of our field and what sort of work do we do? As Edward Said, amongst others, noted, we are now academics, not intellectuals. We talk in guild-speak for ourselves, and are not invested in public engagement, even to our first public, our students. We have a conflicted relationship with public engagement. On one hand, we recognize the need to share our knowledge, but on the other we fear being in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Believer, religious studies, and the public « The Immanent Frame. When we ask what sort of religious studies work Believer does, we are truly asking, what is the nature of our field and what sort of work do we do? As Edward Said, amongst others, noted, we are now academics,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at islamicate
Is It Hateful To Believe In Hell? Bernie Sanders' Questions Prompt Backlash | UPR Utah Public Radio. Hussein Rashid, founder of the religious literacy consultancy Islamicate L3C, doesn't agree that the belief itself is a problem. "I think we have to accept that there are theologies that are what I would call exclusionary, that only certain people will go to heaven and certain people will go to hell. They are not inherently Islamophobic or anti-Semitic," Rashid said. "It's when it turns into action that we start getting worried. " Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Is It Hateful To Believe In Hell? Bernie Sanders' Questions Prompt Backlash | UPR Utah Public Radio. Hussein Rashid, founder of the religious literacy consultancy Islamicate L3C, doesn't agree that the belief itself is a problem. "I think we have to accept that there are theologies that are what I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at islamicate
Trump’s statement on Ramadan is almost entirely about terrorism - The Washington Post. “He could not recall the honor of being on stage with one of the icons of American life, but could remember to deny part of America’s story,” said Hussein Rashid, founder of islamicate, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy. “With his depth of understanding of religion, and the company he keeps, I fully expect him to honor the Ku Klux Klan as representatives of Christianity during his Christmas message.” Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Trump’s statement on Ramadan is almost entirely about terrorism - The Washington Post. “He could not recall the honor of being on stage with one of the icons of American life, but could remember to deny part of America’s story,” said Hussein Rashid, founder of islamicate, a consultancy focusing on... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at islamicate
Traditionally, Muslims read the Qur'an in its entirety over this time, in a section a day. The Qur'an is split into thirty sections, called juz', and one section is read each night. This year is the 9th year I am inviting people to tweet the Qur’an for Ramadan. I will be tweeting @islamoyankee. To see how the call has (not) evolved, here are the six call outs: 2009 Windsor Star Article 2010 (despite the title, which says 2011) 2011 USA Today Article 2012 2013 Storify (including press stories) 2014 A piece I did on Immanent Frame The Background [from the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Traditionally, Muslims read the Qur'an in its entirety over this time, in a section a day. The Qur'an is split into thirty sections, called juz', and one section is read each night. This year is the 9th year I am inviting people to tweet the Qur’an for Ramadan. I will... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at islamicate
Commencement | Schedule of Events | Amherst College. Baccalaureate Celebration. Seniors play a significant role in this multifaith gathering that includes music, readings, dance and an address by Hussein Rashid, a community preacher and faculty member in the Barnard College Department of Religion. Johnson Chapel. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Commencement | Schedule of Events | Amherst College. Baccalaureate Celebration. Seniors play a significant role in this multifaith gathering that includes music, readings, dance and an address by Hussein Rashid, a community preacher and faculty member in the Barnard College Department of Religion. Johnson Chapel. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at islamicate
Hajj: The Pilgrimage | The Practice of Islam in America.“Hajj: The Pilgrimage” by Hussein Rashid Chapter Summary This chapter takes us on a journey to Mecca, site of the hajj, or annual pilgrimage. Hussein Rashid depicts this often once-in-a-lifetime experience for several Muslim Americans who represent a wide variety of ethnic, racial, and sectarian backgrounds. We learn about the pilgrimages of Khizer, a health care professional from Washington, D.C.; Zahra, an attorney from California; Debra, a college professor from Wisconsin; Suehaila, a professional recruiter from Dearborn, Michigan; and other Muslim Americans. They walk counter-clockwise around the Ka‘ba; pray outside Mecca... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Hajj: The Pilgrimage | The Practice of Islam in America. “Hajj: The Pilgrimage” by Hussein Rashid Chapter Summary This chapter takes us on a journey to Mecca, site of the hajj, or annual pilgrimage. Hussein Rashid depicts this often once-in-a-lifetime experience for several Muslim Americans who represent a wide variety... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at islamicate
Do Muslims Have to Be Democrats Now? - The New York Times. “As a Muslim, I’d vote for Jesus, but the Republicans won’t let him in, and the Democrats don’t believe in him,” said Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Barnard College, who concedes that he’s a tad bitter about his political options. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Do Muslims Have to Be Democrats Now? - The New York Times. “As a Muslim, I’d vote for Jesus, but the Republicans won’t let him in, and the Democrats don’t believe in him,” said Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Barnard College, who concedes that he’s a tad bitter... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at islamicate
There is a new film on Rikers, called Rikers: An American Jail, and I'm quoted in the interfaith discussion guide. As a Muslim, when I hear about prison, I think to the Story of Joseph, told in Chapter 12 of the Qur’an: are we punishing difference, rather than actions, and putting the innocent in jail? Do we seek to turn people to repentance, or are we fulfilling our needs for revenge? One of the clear commandments in the Qur’an is to maintain the balance of justice, and to not give into our own desires and call it justice (55:9, 4:135).... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
The Roles of Arts & Culture in Addressing Islamophobia direct link to my video is here. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at islamicate
There is a new film on Rikers, called Rikers: An American Jail, and I'm quoted in the interfaith discussion guide. As a Muslim, when I hear about prison, I think to the Story of Joseph, told in Chapter 12 of the Qur’an: are we punishing difference, rather than actions, and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at islamicate
The Roles of Arts & Culture in Addressing Islamophobia direct link to my video is here. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
G?D TALK: A Shabbat Potluck Dinner Series – “Hospitality” | Romemu. G?d Talk Potluck Shabbat Dinner: “Hospitality” from Muslim, Jewish and Christian Perspectives Friday, May 12th, after services, 8:15PM, but you MUST register Led by Rev. Eleanor, Rabbi Jill Hammer, and guests Dr. Hussein Rashid and Rebekah Forni Tonight we explore the topic of “Hospitality” from biblical, theological and social perspectives with speakers from Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions, including Dr. Hussein Rashid, Rebekah Forni, and Rabbi Jill Hammer. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
G?D TALK: A Shabbat Potluck Dinner Series – “Hospitality” | Romemu. G?d Talk Potluck Shabbat Dinner: “Hospitality” from Muslim, Jewish and Christian Perspectives Friday, May 12th, after services, 8:15PM, but you MUST register Led by Rev. Eleanor, Rabbi Jill Hammer, and guests Dr. Hussein Rashid and Rebekah Forni Tonight we... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at islamicate
In “The Promise,” A Reminder That U.S. Apathy to Genocide Endures | Religion Dispatches. Collectively, we are comfortable condemning the mistakes of the past, but never learning from them. As we turn Syrian refugees away, advocates for human decency pointed out that today’s refugee crisis had echoes to the Jewish refugee crisis of the early 20th century. Critics responded that the situation was different: those were Jews and these are not; that was in the 20th century and this is the 21st century. We note every difference to avoid taking action, and always condemn the mistakes of the past in... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
Trump’s Muslim Ban and the History of Stolen Citizenship in America | Religion Dispatches. As historians of South Asian America, we know that having your citizenship stripped because of the color of your skin is not unusual in our history. The United States has a long history of racism being encoded into law, and manifesting in law, on a regular basis. The story of internment of Americans of Japanese descent is perhaps the one that is most recent in our collective memory, partly because of George Takei’s tireless work to keep those stories alive. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
We Must Learn from the Armenian Genocide – Truman Doctrine Blog – Medium. Yet, as we see, the disease is not cancer, but autoimmune. The desire to create a nation-state causes the population to turn against itself, resulting in a body that is weakened and must collapse because of the lack of healthy, diverse cells. Armenians are part of the Turkish nation and present in every strata of society. However, because they are ethnically distinct, they are targeted by the Ottomans, who hold no claim to greatness at the end of World War I. The Ottomans inflict the powerlessness they... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Hussein Rashid
In “The Promise,” A Reminder That U.S. Apathy to Genocide Endures | Religion Dispatches. Collectively, we are comfortable condemning the mistakes of the past, but never learning from them. As we turn Syrian refugees away, advocates for human decency pointed out that today’s refugee crisis had echoes to the Jewish... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at islamicate
Trump’s Muslim Ban and the History of Stolen Citizenship in America | Religion Dispatches. As historians of South Asian America, we know that having your citizenship stripped because of the color of your skin is not unusual in our history. The United States has a long history of racism being... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at islamicate