Book Launch: Critical Muslims Quarterly

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This event took place on 11th of January 2012 in SOAS, University of London.


The broadcaster, writer and critic Ziauddin Sardar hosted the launch of Critical Muslim quarterly, alongside co-editor Robin Yassin-Kassab.


Critical Muslim is a new quarterly magazine of ideas and issues, presenting Muslim perspectives on the great debates of our times. It aims to emphasise the plurality and diversity of Islam and Muslims and promote dialogue, cooperation and collaboration between ‘Islam’ and other cultures, including ‘the West’. It looks at everything critically and challenges traditionalist, modernist, fundamentalist and apologetic versions of Islam as well as the established conventions and orthodoxies of dominant cultures. It seeks new readings of religion and culture with the potential for social, cultural and political transformation of the Muslim world and the world as a whole.

Edited by Ziauddin Sardar and Robin Yassin-Kassab, Critical Muslim is published by Hurst and Co, in collaboration with the Muslim Institute, London. It is both a ‘book’ and a magazine – each issue is devoted to a theme, which serves as the title of the book, but also contains commentaries, essays, columns and reviews that one would find in a magazine.

In the inaugural issue:
Ziauddin Sardar tries to understand the significance of what has just happened in the Middle East, Robin Yassin-Kassab spends some quality time in Tahrir Square, Ashur Shamis dodges the bullets of Gaddafi’s henchmen, Abdelwahab El-Affendi traces the roots of the uprisings,  Anne Alexander tunes into the digital revolution, Fadia Faqir joins women protestors, Shadia Safwan asks how long could Asad last, Jamal Mahjoub contemplates futures of the Sudan, Jasmin Ramsey joins the activists in Tehran, Ehsan Masood wonders if Arabs would ever promote science, and Jerry Ravetz ponders the significance of Ibn Khaldun to the Arab Spring.

Also in this issue: Rachel Holmes visits the Palestinian Festival of Literature, S. Parvez Manzoor asks if Turkey is a good model for the Muslim world, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad is overwhelmed by leaks, Taus Makhacheva takes ‘Affirmative Action’, Aasia Nasir accuses Pakistan and Merryl Wyn Davies’s ‘last word’ on Saudi women drivers.

Plus a new short story from Bilal Tanweer and revolutionary poetry from Nizar Qabbani, Tawfiq Zayyad, Abul-Qasim al-Shabi, Ayat al-Qormezi and Naomi Foyle.

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