Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith

I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith, published by Brill (Leiden, The Netherlands). This book critically examines the unique challenges facing Muslims in Europe and North America. From the philosophical perspective of the Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory, this book attempts not only to diagnose the current problems stemming from a marginalization of Islam in the secular West, but also to offer a proposal for a Habermasian discourse between the religious and the secular. By highlighting historical examples of Islamic and western rapprochement, and rejecting the clash of civilization thesis, the author attempts to find a common language between the religious and the secular, which can serve as a vehicle for a future reconciliation.

It is available for purchase on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and other intelligent bookstores. It can also be found on Brill’s website.

Brill Academic Publishing (2016) ISBN: 978-9004325357 356 pp. $178.00 (List price)

Hardcover: Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity, and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith

The paperback was released by Haymarket Books in Chicago, in late 2017 ($28)

Paperback: Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity, and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith

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Out this September: Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory: A View from the Wretched (Brill)

Seyed Javad Miri and I are pleased to announce that our new co-edited volume, Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory: A View from the Wretched, is scheduled to be released in September of 2019 by Brill. Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory

In this book we bring together a collection of essays by a variety of scholars who explore the lasting influence of Frantz Fanon, psychiatrist, revolutionary, and social theorist. Fanon’s work not only gave voice to the “wretched” in the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962), but also shaped the radical resistance to colonialism, empire, and racism throughout much of the world. His seminal works, such as Black Skin, White Masks, and The Wretched of the Earth, were read by The Black Panther Party in the United States, anti-imperialists in Africa and Asia, and anti-monarchist revolutionaries in the Middle East. Today, many revolutionaries and scholars have returned to Fanon’s work, as it continues to shed light on the nature of colonial domination, racism, and class oppression.

Additionally, we were especially pleased to have had Mumia Abu-Jamal join us in this project. Due to his continual unjust incarceration, it is made exceedingly difficult by the American incarceral state to have his work published. Nevertheless, Mumia is an important interpreter of Frantz Fanon and they cannot silence his truth. In this volume, Mumia has written about the influence of Frantz Fanon on the Black Panther Party. Free Mumia

Contributors include: Syed Farid Alatas, Rose Brewer, Dustin J. Byrd, Sean Chabot, Richard Curtis, Nigel C. Gibson, Ali Harfouch, Timothy Kerswell, Seyed Javad Miri, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Pramod K. Nayar, Elena Flores Ruíz, Majid Sharifi, Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib and Esmaeil Zeiny.

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New Publication in The Muslim World journal: “To be a Saint and a Sultan in a Post-Secular Society: Translating a Thirteenth Century Religious Discourse in order to Rescue the Modern World”

The Muslim World journal (Wiley), published by Hartford Seminary, just released their latest edition, dedicated to the memory of the 800 year anniversary of the meeting between Saint Francis of Assisi and the Ayyubid Sultan Malik al-Kamil. I was given the honor of contributing to this endeavor with my article “To be a Saint and a Sultan in a Post-Secular Society: Translating a Thirteenth Century Religious Discourse in order to Rescue the Modern World.” This edition of the journal, Vol. 109 Issue 1-2 January/April, was edited by Jason Welle, Dean of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome, Italy), and Dr. Fareed Munir, Professor of Religious Studies at Siena College, NY.

My essay can be found here:

To be a Saint and a Sultan

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Western Michigan University ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

On October 5th, 2018, I received Western Michigan University’s Alumni Achievement Award for my work in Comparative Religion. It was an honor to join Dr. Stephen Covell, the Chair of WMU’s Comparative Religion Department, and Dr. Carla Koretsky, Dean of WMU’s Arts and Sciences, at the ceremony and the subsequent dinner. WMU continues to be a world class institution with amazing scholars in the field of Religious Studies. See their link below.

WMU Department of Comparative Religion

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To view the information on the other recipients, see the link below:

WMU Alumni Achievement Award 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPE FRANCIS AND THE MUSLIMS

This lecture was given on March 19, 2019, for the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University, directed by Dr. Mohammad Khalil. In it, I discuss the 800 year anniversary of the meeting between Saint Francis and Sultan Malik al-Kamil, in Damietta, Egypt. From a Habermasian perspective, I argue that such an encounter can be translated into a template for discourse between religious and non-religious citizens within the post-secular society. This lecture is closely related to my book Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity, and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith (Brill, 2017; Haymarket, 2018). The book is also available in Arabic through Mo’minoun Without Borders (Rabat, Morocco)

Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity, and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith

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Here’s the Soundcloud version of the lecture:

 

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