Sightings Articles

Imam leading virtual prayer service

Islam | Community | modernity | Coronavirus

Ramadan in a Changing World

Observing the fast with traditions old and new

April 15, 2021
laicite protest

France | Islam | Islam of France | secularism | colonialism

The Problem with Freedom from Religion

Laïcité must reckon with the continuing impact of French colonial history

March 8, 2021
HW Bush

Islam | France | Communism | right-wing

Islamo-Leftism?

The Cold War origins of anti-Islamic rhetoric

March 1, 2021
coptic crosses

Coptic Orthodoxy | Martyrdom | Religious persecution | Islam

The American Politics of Coptic Martyrdom

Coptic Christian immigrants embracing conservatism navigate the intersection between race and religion

January 28, 2021
Damages

Beirut explosion | Islam | Christianity | charity | capitalism

The Donation Dilemma

Charity in the aftermath of the Beirut Explosion

September 17, 2020
Hajj

Islam | pilgrimage | Saudi Arabia | Coronavirus

Halting the Hajj

Exploring the social, political, economic, and religious fallout of this year’s (all but) canceled pilgrimage

July 2, 2020
IMAN

Islam | Religious Left | political religion

Seeing a Religious Left

Exploring the vibrancy of the religious left and how secularism has hindered our ability to “sight” it

June 29, 2020

Islamophobia | terrorism | Islam | white supremacy | gun violence | Sigmund Freud

OMG

“… a longtime Facebook staffer told me that to detect instances of suicide or murder on Facebook Live the company created a system that looks for sudden spikes in attention—‘by number of people viewing, by the rate at which those impressions are go...

March 18, 2019

Islam | Islamophobia | China | Muslims

Save Uighur, Save China

Six Uighur sisters were each robbed of their husbands when Chinese authorities placed the men in concentration camps. They also forcefully took their children to communist-run orphanages and placed Chinese men in each of the sisters’ homes. This stor...

February 28, 2019

Ahok | blasphemy | free speech | Indonesia | Islam | politics | sharia

Rethinking Blasphemy in Indonesia and the Fiqh Tradition

World media have reported on the blasphemy conviction of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian governor of Jakarta known as Ahok, with familiar oppositions of liberal-democratic norms and hardline Islam. Fears of the sharīʿa transgressing into the pu...

June 8, 2017