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Posted Aug 21, 2011 at philosufi
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at philosufi
First order of business: We need to ask for your ghfir. This past month and a half, Al Jazeera English has consumed all our bandwidth, in every sense of the phrase. We've been so focused on the uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa that we actually had to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2011 at philosufi
I cannot wait until some rural Pakistani kid learns the unqualified joy of this song: Yes, you did the math right. Sesame Street is going full-steam ahead in Pakistan with a $20,000,000 grant from USAID, "the principal US agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at philosufi
Portal of the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain showing reflective and translational symmetries and decoration with complex tessellations Anyone who has known me for a while knows how much I love the work of Dutch graphic artist MC Escher. While his work is extremely popular and well-recognized (though many might... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at philosufi
(Spoiler alert: this post discusses these issues in detail.) The story so far: The City of Tomorrow falls apart at its opening as an evil underling infects its citizens with something that causes everyone to start beating on everyone. The whole world is devolving into a massive G20 summit, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at philosufi
Recently, Deborah wrote on article on Sakina Design in which she quoted Miles Young, Global CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide who I had the distinct pleasure of hearing lecture at the 2010 American Muslim Consumer Conference. She quoted one of his most important thoughts from the lecture: Islam is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at philosufi
Late last year, at the second American Muslim Consumer Conference, Miles Young, CEO of Ogilvy and Mather (which recently launched Ogilvy Noor, the world’s first full-service Islamic Branding consultancy), told the audience: Islam is not strongly enough associated, in this country, with design: with graphic design, with the arts, with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at philosufi
Comedy has this way of getting you to drop your guard. Satire is particularly strong at telling the truth behind a story. No one does comedy and satire quite like the British, who coincidentally, have experienced decades of terrorism and internal strife. So who better to create Four Lions, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at philosufi
Salaams! We are taking a two-week holiday from the blog. We'll be back on Tuesday, January 4 with new stories and posts. However, we'll still be around to answer e-mail and monitor the blog (so don't get any ideas, stupid shoe spammers). If something amazing comes up, we'll push it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at philosufi
As we mentioned recently on our Facebook page, we have been going through a difficult time. From just before Eid-ul-Adha (one month ag0) until now (Ashura), there have been something like nine deaths (it's so many I'm losing track) in Neman's extended family, including his aunt and uncle who were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at philosufi
Those of you who know me also know that I don't care much for being told what to do, what I can watch, and so forth. (Boy, did I sign up for the right religion!) If I were a parent though, I'd want to judge the suitability of video games,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at philosufi
If you haven't heard about Khmer Muslim artist Anida Yoeu Ali, listen up. The Cambodian-born, Chicago-raised woman is an interdisciplinary artist; she describes herself as a "performance artist, writer, and global agitator." Ali's work explores issues related to identity, particularly hybridity and transnationality. She recently completed an MFA in Performance... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at philosufi
For those of us raised and living in the Western European way of life, Islam has been framed as a religion of backward desert-dwellers riding camels, whose primary goals in life include ensuring the whole world becomes backward desert-dwellers riding camels. To these caricatures, the quest for knowledge and expansion... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at philosufi
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at philosufi
Unlike Miss USA Rima Fakih, we didn't take the crown in the "Best New Blog" category of this year's Brass Crescent Awards. That distinction went to 1000 Good Deeds. Mubarak and congratulations to them! But we did make first runner up/honourable mention. (Perhaps we should spell that the American way,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at philosufi
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at philosufi
Left: Starting off in Cape Town with some well-wishers; Right: Arriving in Mecca Get on your bike and ride. It's something almost everyone has learned to do. For some people, the thrill of first riding their bike at four or five years old faded after a few years, and sadly,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at philosufi
Eid Mubarak! You may recall that back on Eid-ul-Fitr we pointed you toward the annual series of fantastic photographs of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr events on The Boston Globe site. The Globe has also, for the last two years, run a series of photos for the Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, which are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at philosufi
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at philosufi
One of our fave blogs is Bruce Hietbrink's GodBricks (see our piece, The Fiqh of Bricks). If you're not already familiar with this, take some time to check it out. If you're already a fan, you obviously know why we like it. So you can guess how thrilled we were... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at philosufi
Hey, guess what? We made the final cut of nominations for this year's Brass Crescent Awards! We've been included in the "Best New Blog" category, along with several worthy contenders. We know it's a cliché, but given how very new our blog is, we are genuinely honoured just to be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at philosufi
Hey kids - IT'S COMIC-ING TIME! Okay, fine, I mixed universes and really stretched the pun. But that's my prerogative, because it's my blog. Last Wednesday I did a Superman off the front handlebars of my bike on the way to work while avoiding a car that was too close... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at philosufi
When I was growing up, the martial arts absolutely captivated me. I started with judo in junior high, some jiu-jutsu in early high school, then Shotokan karate for the next few years, simultaneously practicing other martial arts with my friends. I even taught karate and basic self-defence for quite a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at philosufi
France's burqa ban (more of a niqab ban, but you can't beat the power of alliteration) continues to make news. At the end of September, a video was released of two female students in Paris walking through the city "wearing a burka and mini-shorts." Young, twentysomething women baring the bottom... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at philosufi