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Open Thread Sunday 07-13-2008


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  1. ibnkhalil

    July 13, 2008 at 3:40 AM

  2. Amad

    July 13, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Take the “Political Compass” test, and see where you stand.

    I ended up being left of center on the economic scale, and right smack in the middle on the social scale. So, somewhere between “Authoritarian left” (communism) and “Libertarian left”! Pretty cool… where do you land?

  3. H

    July 13, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    I clicked on the “Learn Quran online” link (one of the few useful ads :) here) and the concept seems quite innovative. Online Quran teaching…hmm. Anyone tried something like this??

  4. Hassan

    July 13, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Lately, western troops death are on the rise in Afghanistan. Today nine US soldiers got killed.

    How do American/Western muslims react to US deaths in muslim countries?

  5. Hassan

    July 13, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Amad bhai, I took the test, and I ended up extremely moderate (I am 0.62 towards economic right and 0.93 towards Libertarian). Basically first purple box. Nice, sign of Ahl-us-Sunnah Wal Jamaah.

  6. Amad

    July 13, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    New Yorker’s cover lampoons Obama & Michelle… more “Muslim slur”

  7. Dawud Israel

    July 13, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    …the download campaign is still going on.

    Check it out brothers and benefit for free at

    (Yes, I know I am plugging but this was specifically meant for YOU dear brothers and sisters!)

  8. Dawud Israel

    July 13, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Amad and Anonymouse you SOOOOOOOOOO have to see this LOL

  9. Nihal Khan

    July 13, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    yaar… :/

  10. AnonyMouse

    July 13, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    LOL @ the vid

  11. Nihal Khan

    July 14, 2008 at 2:27 AM

    muslimmatters should start a magazine…….

  12. ibn fellah

    July 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    I’m a leftist hehe.

    Economic Left/Right: -3.88

    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.77

  13. Amad

    July 14, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Surprising Fellah, I’d think you’d be off the chart ;)

  14. AnonyMouse

    July 14, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    I remember doing the quiz for school… I’m just left of centre: Economic Left/Right: -3.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.21

  15. ibn fellah

    July 14, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Surprising Fellah, I’d think you’d be off the chart


  16. ibnabeeomar

    July 14, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Economic Left/Right: -3.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.33

  17. Amad

    July 14, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Economic Left/Right: -4.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.05

    Hmm, it seems that economically, 4 out of 5 are left of center, or liberal positions. This is pretty consistent with average Muslim views about the role of the government, etc. And most of us are not that far from center on authority vs. libertarianism, which is a healthy mix. I almost hit zero! I bet that had we done this survey before 9/11, we would be furthers towards authoritarian type positions, but a lot of the draconian laws have scared us towards libertarian positions. Good reminder, too much authority can be intoxicating for those in the positions (people in many Muslim countries know that!).

    On the political front, if you look at where the candidates stand (see here), the majority of them are right of center, authoritarian (though Ron Paul’s placing surprises me). Kucinich is probably closest to Muslim positions on economic fronts, and John Edwards overall on combined fronts. Interestingly, we liked both these candidates. And our preferences for Obama/Democrats also become clearer on this chart.

  18. Hassan

    July 14, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Hmm, now I have to question this site assessment, I remember another site which showed Ron Paul almost same on economic issues but quite towards libertarian, while this shows him on authoritarian side. Is this the left wing conspiracy!!

  19. Nihal Khan

    July 20, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    yaar…stop following DST (desi standard time) and put the new open thread up! :P

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