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Muqtedar Khan
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor of Islam and Global Affairs at the University of Delaware and a Fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understating. His website is

Entries by Muqtedar Khan

New Atheists and the Economy of Outrage

(285) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 5:32 PM


The recent discursive assault on Islam and Muslims by the so-called "new atheists" is another moment in the sequence of never ending vilifications of Islam that Western culture seems to have an insatiable appetite for. There is a perverse quality to...

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Contemplating Islamic Reform

(4) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 3:57 PM


"Whoever starts a good practice in Islam he will be rewarded for it and whoever starts evil practice in Islam he will be burdened with it." (Prophet Muhammad pbuh from Sahih Muslim)

The concomitant usage of the two terms Islam and...

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The Crisis in Yemen: An Opportunity to Restore Regional Order

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:12 PM

One of the problems the Middle East and the broader Muslim World has faced since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire is the absence of a major power that can guarantee international security. In the absence of such a power, Muslim nations have had to rely on super powers like...

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5 Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Must Read

(86) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:05 PM

Islamic intellectual culture suffers from a philosophy deficit. While there are a few philosophical thinkers in the Muslim World today none of them enjoys the rock star status that many pedestrian preachers and YouTube stalwarts enjoy. What this tells us is that people are beginning to value knowledge but are...

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In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo: We Need a More Honest Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 9:13 PM

The massacre at Charlie Hebdo, a French Satirical magazine, by Muslim extremists that led to a nationwide manhunt and ultimately 17 fatalities has once again focused global attention on religiously motivated violence by Muslims. From Peshawar to Paris, Muslims have left a bloody trail that challenges the claim...

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Pakistan Needs Regional and Global Alliances to Fight the Extremists

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 9:07 AM

Pakistan on Sunday launched another military operation -- Zarb-e-Azb -- against the extremists in Waziristan. The name of the operation means sharp and cutting or surgical. This is not the first such operation and perhaps will not be the last of its kind. But if this one is...

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The Empire (Ottoman) Strikes Back

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Prime Minister Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has won the municipal election in Turkey on the 30th of March with a significant margin and surpasses its performance in the previous elections in 2009. As always AKP supporters have used the ballot to send a message to the...

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Celebrating Prophet Muhammad in Delaware

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 4:24 PM

The Tuesday before last was very special for the Muslim community of Delaware. We celebrated the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) for this first time in a public ceremony. Nearly a hundred members of the community, including children and grandparents, gathered to mark the 1,444th birthday...

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Prophet Muhammad Was the Best of the Muhsins

(8) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:45 AM

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ وَمَلَٰٓئِكَتَهُۥ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى ٱلنَّبِىِّ ۚ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ صَلُّوا۟ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا۟ تَسْلِيمًا Indeed Allah and his Angels send blessings on the Messenger. Oh you who believe, send your blessings upon him and salute him with appropriate salutation (Quran 33:56)

There is no one in creation more worthy an...

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Istanbul and the Intellectual Legacy of Ibn Khaldun

(8) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 11:13 AM

The rise in prosperity and self-confidence, coupled with the growing self-awareness of Turkey as an Islamic nation, is leading to many interesting developments. One of them is the re-emergence of Istanbul as the de facto capital of the Muslim World. It has become the chief hub for political as well...

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Anna Hazare and the Campaign Against Corruption

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 12:12 PM

According to Transparency International, India ranks 94th when it comes to transparency and honesty. Clearly it is not among the very corrupt countries of the World, like Russia, which is ranked, 133rd; nevertheless corruption is palpable and nearly 62% of the population has experienced it.

Corruption is...

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Free Abou Elela Mady!

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 11:02 AM

This is a personal appeal issued on August 4th, the International Friendship Day.

Abou Elela Mady is a friend of mine and he is in jail. He is the chairman of the centrist party Al-Wasat of Egypt. The new government of Egypt arrested him, on charges...

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The Clash of Cultures From Istanbul to Cairo

(21) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 11:53 AM

My son Rumi and I are chasing protests across the Middle East. We spent a week in Istanbul as the protests there petered out and flared up in Ankara. We are now in Cairo and the country is reeling from the massive protests on June 30th, whose goal was to...

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Justice Is Not Enough!

(31) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:01 PM

The bombing of the Boston marathon and the subsequent man-hunt for the young Dzhokar Tsarnaev, has once again focused everyone's attention on the so-called threat of Islamic radicalism and on Muslims living in the West. It has also given anti-Muslim extremists all the ammunition they need to put Islamophobia and...

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Islamophobia Only a Short Chapter in the Muslim-West Story

(106) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 6:06 PM

Istanbul -- It concerns me that Islamophobia, an irrational fear of Islam and animosity toward Muslims, is becoming a dominant paradigm through which all Western-Muslim relations are now being explored. A conglomerate of five Universities, led by Yildiz Technical University and the municipality of Beykoz province in Istanbul, Turkey, organised...

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Democracy at the Heart of Islamic Revival

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 1:06 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at the Egyptian mission in New York at a gathering for community and intellectual leaders to talk about the future of U.S.-Egypt relations. I am a Muslim intellectual living my Muslim American dream -- a...

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Hope for Change: A Tale of Two Conventions

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 9:05 AM

The two conventions aptly define the crossroads that we are at, at the moment. Do we move forward to embrace the new realities, of a diverse, multicultural and multi-religious America and face the challenges of a declining infrastructure and global competitiveness, or will we turn backwards and find refuge in...

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Cutting Taxes for the Rich, Gutting the Safety Net for the Needy

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 11:13 AM

Paul Ryan's choice as the vice presidential running mate reveals both the enduring weaknesses in the candidacy of Mitt Romney and the long-term trends that are reshaping the Republican Party.

Ryan brings nothing positive to the ticket except that he energizes the core conservative base. The...

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God Is Beautiful and He Loves Beauty

(14) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 7:13 AM

إن الله جميل يحب ألجمال

The holy month of Ramadan has come again and millions of Muslims worldwide count their blessings. They feel fortunate that they are getting one more opportunity to rededicate their lives to God; another chance to reboot their spiritual orientation. For many Muslims, Ramadan...

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Good News From Pakistan

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 10:51 AM

These days it seems that all news coming from Pakistan is bad news. Extremism has not abated, violence is recurrent, and U.S.-Pakistan relations seem to be stuck in a downward spiral.

But last week I had a fortuitous encounter with good news from Pakistan. I was in Amman, Jordan...

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