Tag Archives: Qur’an

Some responses to “Qur’anic Reading as Embodied Practice”

I had a few responses to Summar Shoaib’s ”Qur’anic Reading as Embodied Practice“. The first response concerns the opposition which the piece creates between traditional Islamic and so-called “Western” modes of reading. These two great abstractions (the traditional Islamic and the Western) are of course immensely … Continue reading

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Qur’anic Reading as Embodied Practice

By Summar Shoaib In Western traditions, whether religious or scholarly, reading and meaning are typically understood in solely cognitive terms, as a matter of extracting content from a text by way of the mind’s interpretive efforts. In traditional Islamic worlds, … Continue reading

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Marines Teach “True” Islam in Afghanistan

The following is a guest post from Cris, a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. This post originally appeared 30 August at his blog, Genealogy of Religion. ********** It is always a sign of war going badly … Continue reading

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Romanticizing the Qur’an

I recently saw this TED video over at Sociological Images. Although Sociological Images is one of my favorite blogs, there are serious problems with it, and I wish there had been some critical commentary in the post. Here are just … Continue reading

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The Author of the Qur’an Revealed! And it’s you.

Suddenly the Qur’an is bubbling with ecological insights and environmental sensitivity: Islam teaches a deep love of the planet, because loving the planet means loving ourselves and loving our Creator. -Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the … Continue reading

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Religious Essentialism

I spend a good bit of time in my courses trying to disrupt religious essentialism: the idea that all practitioners in a religious tradition share some essence, that such an essence determines their behavior, or that their beliefs are the … Continue reading

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