The Case Against ‘Islamism’
The Case Against ‘Islamism’

Asim Qureshi

For a PDF version of this paper, please click here. For a summary version of this paper, please click here.  Table of Contents Introduction The word ‘Islamism’ has come to …

The Case Against ‘Islamism’ – Summary
The Case Against ‘Islamism’ – Summary

Asim Qureshi

For the full version of this paper, please click here. Introduction The word ‘Islamism’ has come to occupy a central place within the canon of western scholarship when describing Muslims …

Whither the Umma? Hope in Times of Existential Crises
Whither the Umma? Hope in Times of Existential Crises

Muzaffar Iqbal

For a PDF version of this essay click here: Whither the Umma: Hope in Times of Existential Crises   The ‘whither the Umma’ question has, of course, been asked before and …

The Great Fitnah: Secular Power and Muslim Future(s)– Part 2
The Great Fitnah: Secular Power and Muslim Future(s)– Part 2

Ali Harfouch

To recall, in part one of this article I argued that secular power is pervasive because it operates at the level of cognition. It creates a sense of paralysis by …

Ummatic Solidarity in a Globalized World
Ummatic Solidarity in a Globalized World

Omar Suleiman

 “The likeness of the believers in their mutual love, mercy and compassion is that of the body; when one part of it is in pain, the rest of the body …

The Great Fitnah: Secular Power and Muslim Future(s) – Part 1
The Great Fitnah: Secular Power and Muslim Future(s) – Part 1

Ali Harfouch

The Muslim Umma finds itself in a world that is not of its own making—a world that can be characterized as a Secular Age. In this context, how are we …

Secular Neutrality and the Failed Political Experiment in Tunisia
Secular Neutrality and the Failed Political Experiment in Tunisia

Joseph Kaminski

Recently Dr. Hatem al-Haj offered a perspective regarding how Muslims in Muslim-majority lands should approach the state. His argument is perhaps best summed up in the following paragraph that he …

The Indigenized War on Terror and Its Implications for the Muslim World
The Indigenized War on Terror and Its Implications for the Muslim World

Ibrahim Moiz

The War on Terror that began twenty years ago was both a byproduct and an extending tool of American hegemony. Already an uncontested superpower before the terrorist attacks of September …

Questioning the Caliphate
Questioning the Caliphate

Uthman Badar

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 …

من يريد الخلافة؟
من يريد الخلافة؟

Ovamir Anjum

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 …

Call for Essay Submissions
Call for Essay Submissions

The Ummatics Colloquium welcomes proposals for short essays (of approximately 1500 words) that articulate the imperative, urgency, and challenges of an ummah-centered imagination for Muslims. The essay may emphasize religious, …

Seventh Ummatics Colloquium
Seventh Ummatics Colloquium

The Seventh Ummatics Colloquium will be held on Wednesday, June 22 and will feature Dr. Asim Qureshi. Dr. Qureshi will present on his essay, ‘The Case against Islamism’ (2022), with responses …

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English | العربية

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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The society and civilization stream considers ways ummatic solidarity already animates Muslim life, looking at how the ummah informs Muslims’ lived experiences and how it is theorized/conceptualized. The stream complements the others by providing a space for the development of new forms of ummatic analyses, thought and strategies for societal transformation.

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