Author: Taraneh Tabatabai

Read books to change your life

“Have you ever learned anything meaningful about someone else’s religion by reading something in a book?” asked Linda Sarsour at address delivered at Rutgers University in March 2017.  “That’s not how you learn about people. That’s not how you experience people,” she continued, to my utter dismay. She might as well have asked: “When was the last time a book changed your life?” Has she not considered the cultural and scientific impact of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Republic by Plato, the Complete Works of Shakespeare, the Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Orientalism by Edward Said, or Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell? One could easily list hundreds of works that totally transformed our understanding of the world for both good and bad. Although Sarsour’s aim was to promote the practice of Islam, as opposed to the mere theory of Islam, which is something that should certainly be supported, there is no practice without theory: each go hand in hand, complement one another, and are intended to operate in harmony. The idea that Muslims should “Stop focusing on trying to sit people down and tell them about the five pillars of Islam or who our Prophet was”, is short-sighted....

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Dr John Morrow recognised by US Congress

Dr John Andrew Morrow, the award-winning academic, author, and activist, received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition at the IMAN Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California on 24 September 2017. The extraordinary recognition to Dr Morrow was given for his presentation of a lecture on The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, that has now been published as a book. The recognition, signed by Karen Bass, Member of Congress for California’s 37th District, was presented to Dr Morrow by Mrs Parvaneh Kadivar, who described Professor Morrow as “a prolific writer, an accomplished scholar, and a fine...

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