Tag Archives: islamicist

You believe what you believe.

Dear [Jessica]: Since my initial contact with you I have made a sincere effort to learn more – not become an expert – just to learn more so that I might better understand Islam, “average Muslims”, Islamists, and Islamicists. In … Continue reading

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Learning, research, and received wisdom

As I’m now deep in the depths of the final revisions of the resubmission of my thesis (long story), I’ve found myself re-reading books and journal articles that I first read years ago, and as a result, I’ve also found … Continue reading

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Islamic Imperialism

Lee asked: Hi, Jessica. Was referred to your blog by a local participant in an ongoing argument about Sharia and how it fits in American jurisprudence. I find your opinions fascinating even though a bit biased toward Islam, and in … Continue reading

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Schacht, Hallaq and Islamic law

Qolyehudi asked: I hope everything is well with you. I would like, if you have the time and feel for writing a little about it, to hear your opinion on the debate between the orientalists and the anti-orientalists in regards … Continue reading

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Some more apologies, and some actual content

So I am continuing to not be dead – the last few months have been . . . well, I’ve been spending a lot of time just keeping my head above water, let’s go with that.  However, my schedule has … Continue reading

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Suggested Reading 2.0

Farasat asked: excellent. Can you post a reading list of islamic history (from muslim and balanced non-muslim authors)? Okay, this is the point where most Islamicists, myself included, get slightly chagrin, as most introductory texts on Islamic history rely more of … Continue reading

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Fear Inc, Culturism and puppies

So this past weekend, I had the chance to attend the annual conference of the American Academy of Religions.  The AAR is probably the largest American academic association for the study of religion and theology, and at least according to … Continue reading

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