Contemporary Primary Sources: Open Letter to ISIS from Muslim Scholars

In 2004, 126 Islamic scholars from around the world published an open letter “to the fighters and followers of the self-declared ‘Islamic State,'” rejecting the religious justification for their violence. In particular, they sought to demonstrate how ISIS’ leaders were “cherry-picking” verses from the Qurʾān and how they were ignoring Islamic legal and ethical standards. … Continue reading Contemporary Primary Sources: Open Letter to ISIS from Muslim Scholars

Contemporary Primary Sources: Open Letter to ISIS from Muslim Scholars

In 2004, 126 Islamic scholars from around the world published an open letter "to the fighters and followers of the self-declared ‘Islamic State,'" rejecting the religious justification for their violence. In particular, they sought to demonstrate how ISIS' leaders were "cherry-picking" verses from the Qurʾān and how they were ignoring Islamic legal and ethical standards. … Continue reading Contemporary Primary Sources: Open Letter to ISIS from Muslim Scholars

OPINION :: On Orlando, Sexuality and Sharīʿa

When news of Orlando first broke, my first instinct was that a gay man had perpetrated the atrocities that the world witnessed there.  The first fragments of information that came out that mournful morning—Orlando, a gay Latin club, hostage situation—struck me as simultaneously ‘too random’ and ‘too targeted’ to be the actions of any person … Continue reading OPINION :: On Orlando, Sexuality and Sharīʿa

OPINION: How Should Muslims Respond to Violence?

Roozbeh Jabbarizadeh, Iran editor, organizes his thoughts about the pressure on Muslims to respond after violent acts. Through the course of terrorist incidents and violent war episodes in which the offenders assert, or it is assumed, they are motivated by Islamic convictions, a great part (presumably a vast majority) of Muslims observably try to react to … Continue reading OPINION: How Should Muslims Respond to Violence?