The contributors to this volume examine, from different perspectives, the relevance of an Islamic identity in Canada. Does an Islamic identity make sense in a secular country? What does it encompass? How does it relate to national, racial, and ethnic identities? Doesn't it draw a curtain between itself and the rest of a secular nation? Does not this identity in fact give rThe contributors to this volume examine, from different perspectives, the relevance of an Islamic identity in Canada. Does an Islamic identity make sense in a secular country? What does it encompass? How does it relate to national, racial, and ethnic identities? Doesn't it draw a curtain between itself and the rest of a secular nation? Does not this identity in fact give rise to the perception of the Muslim as the Other and to suspicions of non-patriotism, subversion, etc. Is there really a single Islamic culture? Doesn't Islamic identity necessarily erase historical memory and culture? Shouldn't religious faith be something private, in a secular country, in the sense that we don't ask our neighbours or workmates what faith they belong to? CONTRIBUTORS: Mohamed Alibhai (PhD Harvard, former editor Islam in America); Karim H Karim (Carleton University); Monia Mazigh (author, Mirrors and Mirages); Asma Sayed (MacEwan University), Haroon Siddiqui (The Toronto Star), Sunera Thobani (University of British Columbia), and others....
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The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada Reviews
http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2016/0...Review by Azeezah KanjiGiven mainstream media's talent for waxing hysterical about Muslims without actually talking to any, anthologies like The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada: Culture, Politics, and Self edited by Nurjehan Aziz are both timely and necessary, especially in a post-9/11 world.The collection features prominent members of the cultural and intellectual community and their accounts and analyses of what it means to be Muslim in Canada.The 11 essays in this book deal with a range of issues like the complexity and multiplicity of Canadian Muslims' identities; the pervasiveness of Islamophobia, including at the highest levels of Canadian politics, and Muslim responses; critiques of seemingly-neutral concepts, like secularism and multiculturalism, that are often used to understand or problematize the place of Islam and Muslims in Canada; and Muslims' efforts to re-interpret sacred texts and traditions for contemporary Canadian life.The terrain of Islamophobia in Canada, particularly during the Harper decade, is canvassed in contributions by recently retired editor emeritus at The Toronto Star Haroon Siddiqui and Ihsaan Gardee and Amira Elghawaby of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.Read more here: http://rabble.ca/books/reviews/2016/0...
This book promises to showcase various perspectives on what it means to be Muslim in Canada and to discuss its relevance. I was disappointed when I realized that that is not the case. In this book you will find essays written by individuals who may define themselves as Muslim (one of them being an agnostic.... really? In a book that discusses Muslim identity?), but do not represent mainstream Muslim thought in Canada. While I found reading the various points of view interesting, this book failed to provide a real discussion on what it means to be Muslim in Canada. I did, however, appreciate the discussions on islamophobia and thought it was well articulated and timely.
The post-9-11 anti-Islam bigotry, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the 2015 niqāb debate, Quebec’s Islamophobia, the curtailing of Islamic cultural practices and structures in Canadian cities – all of these are some of the important issues that are mentioned and well-discussed in the essays in this book. However, the open-ended nature of the essays may simply leave the reader unfulfilled.Read my full review here: http://www.themanitoban.com/2016/01/t...