Weekend Scholarship Roundup

  • In her book review for Reading Religion (November 19, 2020) of Tamir Moustafa’s (Simon Fraser University) Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Nurfadzilah Yahaya (National University of Singapore) argues that the book showcases how Islamic law is utilized by the country’s political elites “in the service of Malay racial dominance.”
  • In an opinion piece written for Altmuslimah, Mohammad H. Fadel (University of Toronto) looks into the motivations behind American Muslim support for Trump, which at around 35% is, although significantly less than that for Biden, high enough not to dismiss. Fadel argues that those motivations ranged from internalized Islamophobia to support for Trump’s stance against Iran. Drawing parallels between the Trump administration and the Qur’ānic passages critically invoking the Pharaoh and his tyrannical rule, Fadel’s ultimate argument is that, despite what may be shortcomings on Biden’s part, Trump is an unqualified presidential candidate from an Islamic law and ethics perspective.

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