On Islamism and Muslim Reform

Reformer Mag Interviews Shireen Qudosi

In this augural episode of Don’t Rushd The Issue! with guest Shireen Qudosi, we discuss Islam, Islamism, and Muslim Reform, topics that are prominent in the global discourse but often oversimplified or misunderstood.

We also recommend reading Shireen’s latest article in The Federalist regarding the Trump administration and the current prospects for an Islamic Reformation.

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The musical theme is “Dreamland” by Whitesand and is licensed under Creative Commons.

Contents

Intro

  • About Shireen — 0:21
  • Conceiving of Muslim Reform — 1:07

Islam and Islamism

  • The distinction between Islam and Islamism — 1:35
  • Skepticism about the distinction— 2:34
  • Negotiating religion and spirituality — 5:02

Muslim Reform and Public Engagement

  • Speaking to different audiences — 8:34
  • Diversity and dignity in Muslim Reform — 11:33
  • Frameworks for Muslim Reform — 15:15
  • Reformism is becoming a sect — 18:01
  • An environment for narcissism — 20:52
  • A common platform, exposure, and coordination — 21:39
  • The Muslim Reform network and funding— 27:05
  • Being a Muslim individual versus a Muslim ambassador — 33:05
  • A greater onus on Muslims — 36:02

Muslim Reform and Politics in the West

  • Obstacles to Muslim Reform in the West and Trump — 42:14
  • Ignoring Muslim Reformers, sensationalism, and politics today — 44:43
  • The American context, Conservatism, and political labels — 49:47
  • Testifying before Congress and its aftermath — 52:03
  • Submission, peace, and Jihad in Islam and the Prophet — 55:20
  • Eschewing political connections — 59:01
  • On Ex-Muslims and Atheists — 59:40

The Policy Dimension

  • Law enforcement and anti-terrorism — 1:03:10
  • Preventing and countering Islamist ideology — 1:06:09
  • Ideological converts — 1:08:07
  • American foreign policy and the Muslim-majority world — 1:11:05

The Path Forward

  • Shireen’s future in Muslim Reform — 1:16:55

Outro

  • Don’t Rushd The Issue! — 1:22:41