Sudan’s Democratic Transition and the Military

In many post-colonial states, militaries are powerful political entities rather than professional bureaucratic institutions. The roles that were played by militaries during decolonization gave them a gateway to intervention in civilian politics for decades to…

Virtue Ethics and the Cultivation of the Moral Self

This post and that of Prof. Maria Dakake mark the official beginning of our respective but interrelated inquiries into contemporary Islamic moral theology. Over the course of the next two years, we will each facilitate…

Putting a Rope on Tradition

“Traditional Islam is not the replication of the positions of the ancients; it is to seek what they sought”.[1] Introduction During my doctoral research, an ethnography of a Dār al-‘Ulūm (madrasa) in Britain, the notion…

[Maydan Podcast] On The Square EP8 – Muslims in the Caribbean

The Maydan Podcast · On The Square EP8 – Muslims in the Caribbean In this episode of On The Square, Sapelo Square Senior Editor Su’ad Abdul Khabeer speaks with Dr. Aliyah Khan, author of Far from Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim…