Uncategorized

An Islamic History Lesson for the Leader of the English Defence League

Follow Craig Considine on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ToBeCraig Tommy Robinson, leader of the anti-Muslim group English Defence League, used some racy language in his response to the recent killing of a British soldier by a young British Muslim man in Woolwich, London. Referring to the actions and religion of the murderer, Robinson stated that “This is Islam… They’ve…… Continue reading An Islamic History Lesson for the Leader of the English Defence League

Uncategorized

Personal: Recapping an unforgettable September to December (2012)

The teaching season here at Trinity College Dublin has come to an end. I’m flying back home to Needham tomorrow, so I wanted to take some time to reflect on life since I arrived back to Dublin in September. For the past 12 weeks, I’ve taught five tutorials per week for the Researching Society course.…… Continue reading Personal: Recapping an unforgettable September to December (2012)

Uncategorized

Personal: ‘The world’s greatest scholar of contemporary Islam’ and I

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, my intellectual mentor and role model, has been described by the BBC as ‘the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam’.  At the U.S. Embassy in London a few weeks ago, he was described by Minister Barbara Stephenson, the former U.S. Ambassador to Panama, as ‘one of the greatest scholars of Islam in…… Continue reading Personal: ‘The world’s greatest scholar of contemporary Islam’ and I

Uncategorized

Originally posted on "Journey into America" documentary:
Source: Woolf Institute News Visiting Fellow Professor Akbar Ahmed was recently welcomed at the American Embassy at a special screening of his film: “Journey into America”. Introducing Professor Ahmed, Barbara J. Stephenson, Deputy Chief of Mission, stated: “Professor Ahmed is – quite simply – one of…

Uncategorized

Originally posted on "Journey into America" documentary:
[A]s we’re about to see in Professor Ahmed’s documentary, where there is greater understanding there is not only tolerance but – even more important – there is hope. What also comes through, from the voices of many of the Muslims he meets during his road trip, is a…

Uncategorized

Poem: Divine light

The light: that spark, that thought in your head, the wisdom from without and in turn within. Give thanks for without it we’d be empty and stricken by blaze. I dream before I even dream and I think before I even think, I’m ahead even when I’m behind and I have little idea of how it happens. But it does,…… Continue reading Poem: Divine light

Uncategorized

Poem: Trace of the traceless

After Bastami, or who may have received it from Abu Ali. Here it reads in Nicholson: Creatures equal subjects to changing ‘states’, but some people have no ‘state’, because his vestiges are affaced and his essence annihilated by the essence of another.  Traces lost in another’s traces.