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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ “The Qur’an is our consistution” - King Faisal Islam is the paradigm that we see through and analyse all areas of life. We aim to be the Middle Nation, one that isn’t on any extreme end of the spectrum, but moderate and steadfast. To establish this, in yesteryears we had …

Islamic attire & scholastic excellence

The false dichotomy between religious studies & secular studies is a colonial invention. Islam not only endorses what is deemed “secular” but strives to pioneer in it. A great example of this is seen in the work & scholarship of countless during one of the Golden Ages of Islam (for e.g. Baghdad in 9th century). …

Lord Cromer’s Modern Egypt

"They plan, but Allah also plans, and Allah is the best of planners" (8:30) Modern Egypt: The Ottomans had rule of Egyptian region from the 16th century up until the 19th century. Albanians had immigrated, through the Ottoman Empire, to Egypt. Over centuries, a sizeable and powerful minority of Albanian governors, generals, mercenaries, etc, coalesced …

Why does the West support Ukraine?

Excerpt from a think-piece I wroteFrom a practical point of analysis, in 1994 they had the 3rd largest nuclear arms weapon in the world and gave it up in the Budapest memorandum under the terms that hegemonic powers like US and UK will provide assistance if Ukraine was ever endangered. But looking beyond this, as …

Brief history of anti-Jewish sentiment in Europe

Origins of anti-semitism in the West Anti-semitism in Europe was not unique to the 20th century. The answer I believe is two-fold. First, there are religious differences. Throughout the middle ages, typically, if you were European, you were Catholic. The exception to this were Jews. For centuries Jews were hated for being the ones who …

Understanding Development: Origins of the practice

Development economics began in 1920's in Soviet Union. Interwar SU had large agricultural sector, low productivity, poor technology, small industry. Necessary to extract surplus from agriculture to invest in industry. Development economics arises to answer this. Approach to solve this dilemma? Three options: 1. Bukhari - encourage agriculture production, private farmers who will accumulate capital …

Understanding Development: Semantics

Understanding and unpacking the term ‘development’ How the word 'Development' is inherently political The apogee is curated, its political nature means to develop is brought about from Europeans mode of thinkers. The west are technological giants but moral dwarfsCarl Jung “In universalizing humanity by seeing themselves as the paradigm, they had laid the foundations for …