Tag Archives: Colonialism

Long Read: Colonialism, Modernity, Racialization, and African American Muslims

When I first began my research for this blog, I wanted to investigate how it is that black Muslim identity has and continues to inform Islam in America today.  Drawing from David Chidster, D.V. Kumar, and Tomoko Masuzawa’s works on … Continue reading

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The ways in which Islamic mysticism (Sufism) presents as part of the so called ‘Muslim world’, in India during the British Raj.

When the British came to India they made distinctions between the Hindus and Muslims living there based on experiences that the Western world had already had with Muslims, namely the idea of a simple and unified ‘Muslim world’ (Aydin, p.3). … Continue reading

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Boko Haram’s British Roots

by Ava Williams In the early 2000s, an anti-western, Muslim organization originated in Nigeria. Formally known as Boko Haram, the terrorist organization establishes themselves against the west through their ideals and the name’s English meaning, ‘western education is a sin.’ Boko Haram … Continue reading

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The Need for Equality Addressed: Muslim Women in India

by Maddy Gale What it means to be a Muslim in India has always been culturally and politically separate from the notion of the modern “Muslim World.” The “Muslim World” is a proposed geopolitical term used to homogenize and categorize … Continue reading

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The Reorganization of Indian Modernity

The ideals of modernity through a highly Westernized lens forcefully permeated its way through Indian culture, social life, politics, and religion. I will be focusing on the alteration and/or complete loss of countless Islamic religious traditions, and the emergence of … Continue reading

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Saving The Bharat Mata: What was at stake for her children?

Can you pinpoint the moments in history that make you who you are? The moments that have created your identity? For Muslims, as well as other religious communities in India such as Hindus and Sikhs, one of these defining and … Continue reading

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