Tag Archives: Muslim

That “Dirty Little Coward” Rob(ert) Ford

by Matt Sheedy Some will no doubt recognize the title of this post as a nod to “the man who shot Jesse James,” Robert Ford, whose reputation as a “dirty little coward” was immortalized in folk songs and made popular … Continue reading

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Definitive Descriptions in the Study of Religion and the Doniger Controversy

by Steven Ramey The responses to Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, whose publisher (Penguin, India) is withdrawing the book in India to settle a criminal lawsuit over offending religious sentiments, raise a whole host of issues. Scholars … Continue reading

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Will it Ever Be “Just about Bad Scholarship?”: A Response to Aaron Hughes and Omid Safi

by Carl J. Stoneham As a PhD student in a U.S. Religious Studies program (now entering the dissertation phase), I am struck by the ‘emic–etic tension’ in the field of Islamic Studies. While hashing out the particulars of the debate … Continue reading

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When Bad Scholarship Is Just Bad Scholarship: A Response to Omid Safi

by Aaron W. Hughes I’ve never been called a racist before. Yet, if Omid Safi’s undocumented musings about the current state of Islamic Studies is to be believed, I am one of several non-Muslims who have the nerve to attack and critique … Continue reading

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“My name is Khan, and I’m not a Terrorist”

by Deeksha Sivakumar A recent controversy with Kamal Haasan’s movie Vishwaroopam elicited a lot of rage from Indian Muslim organizations. These groups felt that the movie portrayed Muslims in poor light, depicting them as “all terrorists.” Several cited one particular … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

By Steven Ramey Discussing the enforcement of shariah in Aceh, Indonesia, a student (at my home institution, the University of Alabama) asked how police would know if the rule-breaker was Muslim, since some claimed the law only applied to Muslims. … Continue reading

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Religious Outsiders & the Air Force Academy

In this weekend’s Los Angeles Times, we learned that earlier this year, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado “dedicated an $80,000 outdoor worship center [the Cadet Chapel Falcon Circle worship center] — a small Stonehenge-like circle … Continue reading

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