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Hira Amin is a British muslimah of Pakistani descent. Despite originally being a mathematics graduate, after a few years inside the corporate world, she decided to change paths drastically to studying history. She completed her Masters in the History of International Relations and is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her focus areas are South Asian Muslims and their migration to the UK, Islam’s interaction with Western imperialism and modernity, feminism and 20th century international history.

A Rebuttal to ‘Should Muslims Reconsider Animal Slaughter on Eid?’

Sheep for Qurbani

A respectful rebuttal against the ideas behind the banning of udhiya. Read More »

Love on the Net?


Wedding season has just passed, and almost all the new couples that I have come across met their spouses online. Muslim matrimonial sites have burgeoned in the last few years, ranging from the standard sites such as SingleMuslim.com, to sites that aim to match personalities such as HalfOurDeen.com, to sites aimed at only practicing Muslims such as PureMatrimony.com, to sites ... Read More »

Too Much Choice


In the modern industrialized parts of the world, the mantra is “to maximize freedom means to maximize choice.” In order for us to enjoy freedom, we must have more choice. Choice is not limited to material objects such as clothes, cuisine and gadgets, but also our subjectivity; our gender, sexuality and individual characteristics are now our decision. Being your own ... Read More »

Malala Yousafzai and the Media Frenzy- Exploring Selective Muslim Coverage


Why was she transferred to the UK for special treatment, whilst other children injured by the American forces were left unattended? Why is her name plastered on newspapers and placards and other children’s names not even known? The answer lies in Malala’s case being used to highlight the problems with the Taliban’s regime, thereby boosting the justification on the current Global war on Terror.. Read More »

Part II | The Decline of the Ottoman Empire


In conclusion, militarily, economically, politically and ideologically the Ottoman Empire declined from the reign of Sulayman the Magnificent. These factors were of course intertwined, which was why when reforms were made in one aspect the other factors stifled progress. Due to the influx of wealth from the New World they advanced both militarily and economically with the industrial revolution. Even if the Janissaries had not revolted and adopted their advance methods, the industrial revolution and the shift in global trade would have starved the empire from the financial means to survive. Read More »

Part I | The Decline of the Ottoman Empire


Empires can be likened to complex kaleidoscopes which change colours through time. For this reason it is difficult to see if an empire is steadily weakening or reforming by changing colour. Hence there is much debate over when the Ottoman Empire began to significantly decline. Read More »

Picking up the Pieces: The Love-Drug Syndrome and Dealing With Lost Love

Love is a powerful, compelling emotion. It can make you laugh and it can make you cry. It can lift you up to the clouds and it can hurl you into an abyss. One of the dilemmas Muslims face, especially Muslim sisters, is the situation in which they get to know a prospective spouse and for some reason it does not work out. Read More »

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