Turning the Tide Back in Our Favor — Ummatics and the Need for Critical Muslim Engagement
Turning the Tide Back in Our Favor — Ummatics and the Need for Critical Muslim Engagement

Ten years since the Arab Uprisings, the global ummah is in as dire a situation as ever.  Mainstream, traditional Islam is under intense pressure from a plethora of different sources, both external and internal to the ummah. The list of specific external threats is too long to spell out here in much detail. Some of …

Towards an Ummatic Economic Discourse
Towards an Ummatic Economic Discourse

Economic woes remain one of the foremost challenges facing the Muslim world. A decade has passed since the Arab Spring initiated unprecedented upheaval in the Middle East, largely stimulated by frustrations at socioeconomic realities. Whilst longstanding autocrats and elections have come and gone, such socioeconomic injustices ring even more true in the region ten years …

Questioning the Caliphate
Questioning the Caliphate

Ovamir Anjum’s refreshingly bold essay ‘Who Wants the Caliphate?’ (2019) is a wide-ranging reflection on various aspects of Muslim thinking about the caliphate. Through a detailed argument for the desirability, feasibility and religious necessity of the caliphate, it takes aim at a ‘failure of imagination and intellectual courage’ that does not allow for ‘Islam to be …

Protecting the Vulnerable: Failures of the Liberal Order and the Potential for an Ummah-Centered Global Imaginary
Protecting the Vulnerable: Failures of the Liberal Order and the Potential for an Ummah-Centered Global Imaginary

Since August 2019, the Indian government has advanced its settler-colonial project in Indian-occupied Kashmir through momentous legal changes and a complete clampdown on all forms of protest and dissent. Kashmiris believe that the recent changes to residency and land rights, which have opened the floodgates of Indian citizens and corporations to reside, work, and buy …

The United States, West Africa, and Islam: Connections, Romanticization, and Securitization
The United States, West Africa, and Islam: Connections, Romanticization, and Securitization

Ummatic thinking will require not just a global consciousness but also attention to the relationships between particular communities and regions within the umma. For Muslims in the United States, one consequential relationship is with West Africa. Ongoing research is underlining the long historical pedigree of Islam in what is now the United States, and much …

Imagination and a Future Ummatic Nation
Imagination and a Future Ummatic Nation

The provocative and erudite essay Who Wants a Caliphate? (2019) by Professor Ovamir Anjum deserves close reading and serious engagement. After providing a comprehensive overview of the religious, political and historical issues at stake, he challenges us to reimagine a future khilafah and presents its conceptual assumptions as well as the contours of the operational …

Four Theses on the Qur’an: Towards Metaphysical Disobedience
Four Theses on the Qur’an: Towards Metaphysical Disobedience

Introduction   The Muslim world is experiencing a resurgent and global consciousness. The emergent consciousness has taken on the form of a Muslimness that is enlivened by a sense of global solidarity between the global Muslim north and the global Muslim south. There is an increasing sense that Muslims belong to an Ummah. But what …

The Specter of Digital Colonialism and the Ummatic Imperative
The Specter of Digital Colonialism and the Ummatic Imperative

In 2017, the newly minted Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, laid out an innovative and ambitious extension to his still-developing multi-trillion dollar “Vision 2030” modernization plan named NEOM. Envisioned as a futuristic city-state, NEOM was planned for (and is currently being built in) a mostly, though not entirely, desolate region of the …

Is Deglobalization Real? And What Can We Do About It?
Is Deglobalization Real? And What Can We Do About It?

In 2009 The Economist noted that, contrary to the accepted dogma that globalization was irreversible, “the integration of the world economy is in retreat on almost every front.” Is our world entering a phase of deglobalization after experiencing decades of globalization, and should we welcome the change? As globalization has furthered the spread of “Western” …

Who Wants the Caliphate?
Who Wants the Caliphate?

English | العربية Editor’s Note This publication was scheduled for release before the news of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. In light of this news, we felt it even more important to release this paper to contrast the way the concept of the Caliphate lives in the Islamic tradition and many Muslim minds …

من يريد الخلافة؟
من يريد الخلافة؟

English | العربية شكر وتقدير أود أن أتقدم أولا بشكري وامتناني لعدد من العلماء والأصدقاء الذين بذلوا جهدا كبيرا في قراءة المسودات السابقة لهذا المقال وقدموا في هذا المجال اقتراحات لا تقدر بثمن. هذا مع التأكيد على أنني المسؤول الوحيد عن جميع الآراء المطروحة في هذا المقال وعن أية أخطاء فيها. ومن هؤلاء كل من زارا …

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A word loaded like no other, “caliphate” summons deep memories and desires for some and ominous fears for others. For some fourteen centuries, notwithstanding some discontinuities, the Muslim world had been synonymous with the caliphate. The loss of the Ottoman Caliphate after the First World War sent convulsive waves of shock and lament throughout the lands of Islam, the idea of its return inspiring numerous movements and intellectual projects. Many desktop

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Political Theory

The political theory stream aims at deliberation and analysis through a critical ummatic lens of topics coming under political theory, broadly construed. This includes both descriptive/empirical questions of political science as well as prescriptive/normative concerns of political philosophy. 

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The geopolitics stream was convened to act as a crucible for new and inventive ways of thinking about international affairs with the ummatic discourse at its core. We believe that the first step to reviving this ummatic thought is to develop thinking and thinkers that observe the world’s challenges using this unique lens. 

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