Steven Seidman describes these three facets of premodern religious life and how those communities were able to prevent existential challenges from “erupting into full-blown cultural crises”.
In this episode, Imam Marc discusses Netflix’s new series, Iron Fist, and relates it to the struggles of Muslims converts and their challenges of authenticity.
Iron Fist is an orientalist-white-man-yellow-fever narrative. Asian actor would have helped subvert that offensive trope, and reclaim space.
— Marjorie Liu (@marjoriemliu) February 25, 2016
In a phone conversation today with Dr. Sherman Jackson we exchanged thoughts on Andalus (Muslim Spain) and that despite its architectural beauty, it was unable to firmly establish roots such that, when the tide of adversity came at them, they were washed away. This is in comparison to the Muslims in the former Soviet Republic, who also faced tremendous brutality, but once that tide washed back out, the Muslims came back and their identity was still intact.
Muslim-Americans and deep roots (part II): A video posted by Marc Manley (@sonofpierre) on
Muslim-Americans and deep roots (part IV): A video posted by Marc Manley (@sonofpierre) on
Muslim-Americans and deep roots (part VI): A video posted by Marc Manley (@sonofpierre) on
Food for thought.
The following videos as an amusing and insightful explanation of the identity crisis of the American Muslim as portrayed by Red Foxx and Demond Wilson, a.k.a., Sanford & Son. Hat tip to Haleem for this one.
Join me Saturday April 13th at the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge (the “Devon Masjid”) for The Muslim Identity: How and Why Does It Still Matter To Be Muslim, presented by the IQRA Institute.
This workshop will explore not only important thematics of what a Muslim “ought to be,” but will also investigate how we’ve gotten here in the first place by looking at our histories, investigating the Quran, the Sunnah, and the Early Revelatory Period as well as delving into modern social sciences to help illuminate the way. This is a work shop for the 8-80, for the young Muslim boy or girl, the teenager, the parent, the college student and the 30-somethings. Religious identity and adhesion do not exist in the natural world; they are created. Let’s work together to create the next generation of inspiring, God-fearing Muslims today.