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Shireen Qudosi

Most people aren’t using this term correctly. Here’s why….

A lot of terms are thrown around today to describe extremist movements. One that keeps coming up is “cultural Marxism.” In an attempt to add clarity, political and historical accuracy, Clarion Project investigates the origin and current usage of the term and offers our suggestions going forward.

1The modern term “cultural Marxism” morphed from its original expression, which was “cultural Bolshevism.” This latter term originated in Germany as a response to the Frankfurt School in the Weimar Republic of the 1920s as a way to denounce the modernist movement in the…

Pakistani cleric cites Islam, offering rare theological justification for Jewish sovereignty.

Breaking news out of Pakistan signals a possible new layer for peace in the Middle East, as a senior cleric goes on the record to acknowledge that Israel belongs to the Jews.

How are we to understand this news? First, the conversation draws on history, specifically the history of the Islamic caliphates and its interface with theology. Second, this fact opens up a larger conversation for concrete changes in the Islamic world that can be found on the razor’s edge of both frameworks, one that shows Islam still has plenty of wiggle room for advancement.

Calling on Muslims around the…

If grievance is a form of addiction, then “your brain on grievances looks a lot like your brain on drugs.” That’s the argument laid out by violence researcher James Kimmel, Jr.

If the argument holds water, an expanded understanding of grievance retention (and possibly the victimhood culture that severe grievances pan out into) could shed new light on the “push/pull” dynamics that draw young people to extremist ideologies.

Kimmel is a lawyer and a lecturer in psychiatry at Yale University of Medicine, who believes the science of addiction can be used to understand grievances, retaliation and violent crime. …

In a recent PragerU book club review of George Orwell’s masterful book 1984, Michael Knowles and Dave Rubin discuss the parallels between one of the most iconic dystopian novels and present reality. Speaking to the relationship between community and language, Rubin remarks on how today the meaning of words themselves are under interrogation, adding that “everything is up for question…all of the things that should be settled are no longer settled.”

While in most dystopian literature it’s the state that’s an agent of oppression, in our current reality it’s the dominant ideological narrative that’s used to reshape how we understand…

A UK-based Muslim police organization proposes dropping the term “Islamist terrorism” and “jihadis.” The proposal offers alternative language including “faith-claimed terrorism,” “terrorists abusing religious motivations,” and “adherents of Osama bin Laden’s ideology,” when describing attacks by those who identify as Muslims.

Pushing aside the narrative that scrubbing the word Islamism would make it vastly more difficult to challenge lawful Islamism, there are three other significant detriments in softening the language to be more palatable to those for whom truth is uncomfortable.

Reason 1: Deleting “Islamist” is a Win for Cancel Culture and a Loss for Counter-Extremism Professionals

The civilizational war foretold by prophets of American political science includes a significant stepping stone that requires Western civilizational to become a self-destructive ouroboros that softens the landscape for cultural domination by foreign ideologies antithetical to American values. We are in an ideological war, which we’re losing in part to cancel culture.

The speech constraints imposed by cancel culture —…

  1. The quarantine is a cultural and political experiment: We’re seeing just how quickly the U.S. can be dissolved. #GovernmentOverreach

2. If Americans stand down, the U.S. openly becomes a surveillance state overnight. LA and NYC mayors are already pushing out ‘comfort’ videos telling residents to activate themselves as surveillance extensions of the state.

3. Google, often first in helping authoritarian rule boot stomp a population, has also risen to the occasion along with Apple. Here’s a look at how Google and Apple help nations crush its civilian population.

  • Google has a long history of teaming up with authoritarian overlords, including…

In last night’s SuperBowl 2020 Halftime show, another generation of young girls were taught that our value as women is in what we wear, how we move, how well we entertain, how sexy we can be. Culturally programmed again into believing aging does not exist, that a woman of 50 should be the same as a woman of 20.

Why won’t the modern world allow women to age and how is that anti-women?

Older cultures across the globe have always recognized that an older woman, especially women going from mother to crone (+50) are blessed with wisdom and experience. …

On October 7th, 2019, veteran Muslim American Mansoor tweeted out a list of people titled, “Who NOT to learn Islam from.” On November 26th, 2019 he did it again. The tweet received mixed reaction, including my own.

The first time I supported the tweet on the premise that unless Muslims brave speaking critically of our theology, others will do it for us. Seeing the tweet again, it’s time to unpack the question of who not to learn Islam from.

Both times, the list is simple and there is no follow up thread. It doesn’t offer any more conversation that…

My story starts with my parents. My Afghan father and Pakistani mother were living in Kabul during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. My father, Mohammad, was strong and stoic with a poor temper. He came home one night and told my mom she had two hours to pack and get on a plane to Pakistan. He was to follow. My mom — the total opposite of my father — complied. That evening, with fake Ariana Airline I.D. cards presenting her as a flight attendant, she was smuggled out of Afghanistan.

My parents settled in Karachi, Pakistan, and soon had my…

Shireen Qudosi

Shireen Qudosi is a writer, speaker, coach, and podcast host. She covers faith, identity and belonging in a changing world.

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