Fourth Issue Index - Organizational Factionalism in Keralite Islam: Is Change Possible?
Posts from the ‘Issue 4/Keralite Islam’ Category
Guest Editorial – On Factionalism and Keralite Islam: Raise questions, even if you do not find answers!
By Mahmood Kooria
Unfortunately, there is no Chinaman whose words would put an end to the debate: ‘all who were present in the coffee-house were silent, and disputed no more as to whose faith was the best.’
By NP Ashley
With the gulf boom, the reformist movements came to be reliant upon Wahabism and Salafism more in terms of funding and organizing power, than on their earlier ideological dependency.
By Muneer Aram Kuzhiyan
Surprisingly, the Muslim community in Kerala is always offered one red herring or another, as if out of nowhere. This then keeps deflecting the community’s attention from its priority concerns and ensures that the warring factions are at each others’ throats, doing nothing other than name-calling.
By Abdur Rahoof Ottathingal
It should not be viewed necessarily as Sufis making a nationalistic critique of the dominations in a postcolonial situation. Rather, a more nuanced and productive way of understanding this argumentative moment would be to view this as a present day strategy for a counter-mobilization.
By Muhammad Madappalli
One can see the exact implication of the changing nature of the traditional Muslims in Kerala. While one can see the terminological boundaries, one can also experience how such boundaries are transcended.
By Savad Rahman
While all the organizations irresponsibly kept an appalling silence, a handful of brave women, without waiting for the support of their men, raised their voice in protest in Calicut, the very epicenter of afore-said Muslim groups, publicly burning the effigies of religious scholars.
By Mujeeburrahman Kinalur
Soon after, we met again to discuss the name of the group and its constitutional charters. It was named Muslim Media Forum first; then revised to Media Forum, considering the response the term Muslim might evoke in the public sphere of a pluralistic society like Kerala.
By KC Saleem
My search has been for a new media platform where I can share these concerns. I had to challenge the existing organizations, while not scandalizing them. A huge investment, though, is needed, for which the organizational pattern of institutions is suitable to amass.
By Salim Ahamed
The clerics are not at all concerned with what is happening in the society. Quite often many critics say that the films and television represent Muslims as criminals, terrorists, etc. Though I do not underestimate the gravity of what they say, I really think that at the core, these films and television serials contain some layers of truth.
By Shafeeq Hussain Vazhathodi
During a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kochi, I remember sitting next to a teacher from Kerala who worked in Brunei. I was basking in the glory that in the doctoral studies I was acclaimed to have done an excellent job of proposing a model curriculum for Islamic religious higher education.
By Shameer KS
After the funeral, one of the children said: 'Ali is gone.' My uncle corrected: 'It is as if Ali is gone.' 'As if', thus, bridged the gap between a narrator and his narration. I have never heard thereafter anyone singing the sonorous Bird Song.
By Umar Nizar
If post-modernity is the unfinished project of modernity, then to paraphrase Walter Benjamin, modernity, in its turn, is the unfinished project of Romanticism in which each fragment in itself is a whole uniting itself with the transcendent.