I was interviewed by Crescent International. I addressed questions about gender relations, Trump and American politics, misconceptions about science and religion, and Sunni/Shia issues. Quite a diverse set of topics!
Here is an excerpt:
“I think Muslim bloggers and intellectuals need to pay closer critical attention to the issues of feminism, liberalism, and scientism. These are ideologies that unfortunately many Muslims simply assume despite their caustic nature and the dangers they pose to Islamic faith and practice. I feel that we pay way too much intellectual attention on Islamophobia. Yes, it is important to oppose anti-Muslim forces. I do not deny that in the least. But, at the end of the day, that is a very dunyawi (i.e., worldly) issue. If one day we live in a world free from Islamophobia, what good does that do if the Muslims — or the descendants of Muslims — of that time have a corrupted religion and reject the fundamentals of Islamic values and beliefs? This is the greater disaster we are headed towards as evidenced by the sheer number of youth leaving Islam every day.”