An unlikely pairing: Tajikistan is banning Salafi groups because they may pose a threat. It’s the Ismailis who come out defending the Salafis. Of course, I’m wary of any reporting that talks of an Ismaili imam that is not the Aga Khan. An Ismaili imam, who did not wish to be identified, told Forum 18 that “Salafis do not constitute any threat for the country. It does not matter whether one is Sunni or Shiite, Ismaili or Salafi, we are all Muslims.”
I’ll be speaking at the following conference on a Muslim theology of Black Lives Matter. I’ve spoke at the church before on a similar topic, but this will be different. “Body Politics” :: Jan 17 @middlechurch from Middle Collegiate Church on Vimeo. The Leading Edge 2016: REVOLUTIONARY LOVE—Tools, Tactics, and Truth-telling to Dismantle Racism Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17 in New York City Our nation is in a crisis. Though there is only one race — the human race — racism is a construct with lethal consequences. People die while in its custody. Racism…
Multiplicity and Diversity Are the Future of Islam in America. The idea of writing about the future of Islam in America is more than daunting. At nearly 2 percent of the U.S. population, covering all fifty states, with histories stretching back hundreds of years, and representing nearly every Muslim community in the world, there does not seem to be a unified future. And that there is no one future is in fact a blessing and a potential, which perhaps should be the future to be celebrated.