Traditional Ulama, Salafism, and Religious Authority

Why do two people read the same text and arrive at different conclusions? What does it mean to follow scripture? What roles and limitations do scholars face when interpreting a text? What happens when scholarly…

The UAE-sponsored “Islams”: Mapping the Terrain

Though we conceptualize the political and the religious as distinct, in practice, they remain very intertwined, especially in many Muslim-majority countries. Understanding one is crucial in understanding the other. In the case of Muslim-majority countries,…

The Ulema and the Price of Conviction

To much outrage, Hamza Yusuf, the prominent and controversial scholar, has recently decided to join US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s new human rights commission to examine what is ‘inalienable’ about human rights. Even if…

Jerusalem: The Moral Qibla

After an illustrious career in public service in Jordan, a Mauritanian ʾālim by the name of Muhammad al-Amin al-Shinqiti requested that King Hussein grant him the post of Ambassador of Jordan to Saudi Arabia, so…