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Progressive Islam

The Unexceptionalism of Religion

Omar Naseef | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Omar Naseef

By subjecting Islam to rigorous logical and scientific scrutiny I have found peace because I've been able to develop a philosophy that is consistent, coherent, merciful, just and universally applicable. I've found substantial and satisfying answers to every question I've ever had.

The Governance of ISIS and of Much of the Muslim World Are Uncomfortably Similar

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
Ani Zonneveld

How are Shari'a laws in many of the Muslim-majority countries any different than ISIS's laws? Our broken, tumultuous Muslim world has been morally corrupted and is largely void of justice. Saudi Arabia still flogs (beats with a whip or stick) people for expressing their God-given right to think. In Egypt, torture in the form of sexual assault, such as sodomizing men and raping female prisoners, is common practice.

An Open Letter to American Muslims on Same-Sex Marriage

Reza Aslan | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Reza Aslan

We Muslims are already a deeply marginalized people in mainstream American culture. We shouldn't be perpetuating our marginalization by marginalizing others. Rejecting the right to same-sex marriage, but then expecting empathy for our community's struggle, is hypocritical.

Banning Burqas and Niqabs in Europe: The Politics of Full-Face Veiling

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Nancy Graham Holm

Progressive Muslims of both genders oppose a ban but most agree that it is a women's issue that relates to empowerment and agency.

Museum of Intolerance

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Ani Zonneveld

As a museum that espouses the values of tolerance, should you, the Museum of Tolerance, be promoting such an Islamophobic film?

Humanizing Enemies: Iran's Post-Religious Intellectual Discourse

Jahandad Memarian | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
Jahandad Memarian

In Iran, the intellectual discourse is taking a new direction, noted most significantly by the fact that Mostafa Malekian, one of the highest-celebrated intellectuals in the country, is slowly gaining an intellectual following tantamount to Abdol Karim Soroush.

Honor Crimes Are Cultural, Don't Blame Them On Muhammad

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Nancy Graham Holm

As Muslims with progressive values slowly but surely take ascendancy over Deobandi and Wahabi puritan fundamentalism, honor-shame sub-cultures will disappear and with it, the sanctioned abuse of women.

The Muslim Contribution And Solution To Islamophobia In America

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rob Asghar

The battle among Muslim progressives and Muslim fundamentalists is a family affair at heart. I've argued to progressive Muslims that the battle needs to be fought within families, beginning with simple candor on the part of progressives.