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Halal Monk
A Christian on a journey through Islam
A Christian on a journey through Islam
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How the media doesn't understand a dubious figure like Tahir-ul-Qadri because he doesn't seem to fit their worldview.

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How the 'Sufism' of Erdoğan is constantly ignored and how the 'Sufism' of Gülen is eagerly emphasized.

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"The fact of the matter is that our misunderstandings about Islamic mysticism do not simply stem from innocent ignorance. They are misunderstandings that are closely tied to the enormous blind spots of the contemporary view on religion and they are misunderstandings that are heavily entwined with pressing political issues." 

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Apart from mistakenly seeing ‘Sufism’ as a ‘marginal’ form of Islam, many a Westerner also mistakenly sees it as something that solely has to do with ‘love, peace and music’. Yet exactly because Islamic mysticism is so widespread and manifests itself in various ways, it would be all too surprising if we couldn’t find a couple of dark sides as well.

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The second part in my series on Islamic Mysticism.

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My first article in a series which will address the misunderstandings surrounding the concept of 'Islamic mysticism'. This first article shows how ‘Sufism’ isn’t a separate 'branch' or something on the ‘margins of Islam’ at all, but rather firmly stands in the center of the Islamic tradition.

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A conversation with MM Knight about the fluidity of religious borders and finding your own spiritual place. - http://www.halalmonk.com/michael-muhammad-knight-inside-on-the-outside-punk-magic-and-wrestling-in-islam

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A bit of a long read, but very much worthwhile, my conversation with Michael Muhammad Knight on religious fluidity, finding your spiritual place and the myth-making of Star Wars (among other things).

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Analyzing Daesh Statements after the Brussels Attacks

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Daesh statements after Brussels attacks received little media attention. Yet a critical look is very informative. - https://medium.com/@jonasyunusatlas/analyzing-daesh-statements-after-the-brussels-attacks-a0ec2fded355#.1tfd5uduc
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