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CM41: Bodies

C Scott Jordan confronts body horror, Robin Yassin-Kassab takes a close look at his own body, Samia Rahman argues that honour and shame should not be written on the female body, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas dissects the brain, Shanon Shah is appalled by the colonial perception of native bodies, Naomi Foyle comes to terms with her autism, Wendy Schultz forecasts body enhancements lurking in the near future, Chandrika Parmar examines the damaged bodies of domestic violence in India, James Brooks watches the body-challenging films of Harmony Korine, Themrise Khan is pestered during her Umra, Aamer Hu

CM40: Biography

We celebrate ten years of Critical Muslim, Shanon Shah examines recent biographies of the Prophet, Ziauddin Sardar honours the life of anthropologist and writer Merryl Wyn Davies, Robert Irwin puzzles over the memoir of the seventeenth-century writer and storyteller Hanna Diyab, Josef Linnhoff thinks that Mohammad Asad is a neglected thinker, Shabana Mir discovers transcendence, Hilman Fikri Azman endorses the nineteenth-century Malaysian writer Munshi Abdullah, Taha Kehar is mentored bu Aamer Hussein, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas looks into his DNA, Bina Shah has a surprising encounter w

CM39: World Order

C Scott Jordan dissects the notion of 'world order', Abdelwahab El-Affendi suggests we are moving towards radical evil, Anwar Ibrahim reconsiders the ummah, Yuri Prasad argues that racism and imperialism are intrinsic to the world order, Samia Rahman engages in culture wars, Colin Tudge plans a greener and humane economic system, Christopher B Jones reads manifestos anticipating the end of the world system, Jerry Ravetz reflects on how we have moved from postnormal science to postnormal times, Ahmad Adedimeji Amobi is optimistic about emerging young Nigeria, Jasmin Mujanovic fears t

CM38: Humour

Hassan Mahamdallie remembers the comedy and comedians of his youth, Hussein Abdulsater explores the Islamic approach to humour, Bruce B Lawrence is enthralled by Sufi satire, Gilbert Ramsay and Moutaz Alkheder dissect Jihadi jokes, Boyd Tonkin relishes the wordplay in Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq's Leg Over Leg, Robert Irwin enjoys old Arab gags, Eric Walberg explores Muslim comedy in America, Leyla Jagiella dissects the old theory of biological and psychological humours, C Scott Jordan is astonished that comedy and news have merged into a single entity, Hussein Kesvani half regrets

CM37: Virus

Ehsan Masood unravels the connections between Covid science and geopolitics, Anwar Ibrahim wants to see true justice in a post-pandemic world, Colin Tudge dissects the biology and metaphysics of viruses, Syed Nomanul Haq examines epidemics in Islamic History, Vinay Lal takes a hammer to viral corona capitalism, Usama Hasan wrestles with fate, Iftikhar Malik shifts through the Ottoman letters of Mary Montagu, Nidhal Guessoum is concerned about pseudoscience spread all over social media by mad mullahs, Chandrika Parmar mourns the lockdown-induced plight of India's migrant workers, Lila Ra

CM36: Destinations

Samia Rahman explores potential directions of travel, Ebrahim Moosa considers the influences that affect our choices of Destinations, C Scott Jordan takes a long, meandering walk around Kuala Lumpur, Hafeez Burhan Khan waxes lyrical about his wanderlust, Shanon Shah charts his Qur'anic expeditions, Amro Ali plans the future of Arab exiles in Berlin, Robert Irwin joins European travellers to Muslim lands, Boyd Tonkin traces the diverse histories of Thessaloniki, Marhabbat Nurov, Natalya Seitakhmetova and Zhanara Turganbayeva recount the recently discovered multicultural history of K

CM35: Muslim Atlantic

Daniel Nilsson DeHanas and Peter Mandaville pin down the notion of Muslim Atlantic, Aisha Khan explains how a Muslim Atlantic can be realised, Amandla Thomas-Johnson returns to his ancestral homeland in Senegal, Ahmed Younis castigates the locked mentality of American Muslims, Sohail Daulatzai argues for a Muslim International, Tahir Abbas wrestles with terrorism, Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed connects with her grandparents, Juliette Galonnier is horrified at the racism within diasporic Muslim communities, Abdul-Rehman Malik sees the Muslim Atlantic as a cultural eco-system, Rasul Miller reconsiders

CM34: Artificial

C Scott Jordan reflects on life, death and whether or not authenticity is possible, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas tries to pin down the numerous meanings and perceptions of artificial, Abdelwahab El-Affendi castigates sham (un)belief, Robert Irwin plays with medieval Muslim machinal devices, John Sweeney finds common ground between AI and Covid-19, Emre Kazim struggles with digital ethics, Colin Tudge wonders if it is bad to be artificial, Christopher B Jones explores four potential earths, Esra Mirze Santesso is tired of false feminism, Hassan Mahamdallie discovers multi-layers of real and artific

CM33: Relics

Samia Rahman is concerned about her personal relics, Boyd Tonkin meanders through Sicily, Aaron Tugendhaft exposes the veneration of certain relics, Rita Sonal Panjatan is unable to shake the scent of old Hyderabad, Andrew Petersen explores what lies beneath ancient Muslim graves, Leyla Jagiella visits Poland's hidden mosques, Hafeez Burhan Khan is enchanted with Jerusalem, Nur Sobers-Khan puzzles through manuscripts, Yovanka Paquete Perdigao performs the pilgrimage to Touba, Tam Hussein embraces his relic self, Aaftab Haider makes footprints across Europe, Sahil Warsi goes back to

CM32: Music

Samia Rahman is lost in music; Jeremy Henzell-Thomas suggests music opens hidden windows to the soul; Ziauddin Sardar witnesses the annihilation of the famous Qawwali 'Mustt Mustt'; Hassan Mahamdallie remembers his punk days; Stefan Williamson Fa discovers the Sufi-Flamenco fusion of Aziz Balou

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