Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:20AM
Dr. Hatem Bazian
Dr. Hatem Bazian
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Through his research and writing, Dr Bazian demonstrates how Muslims are stigmatized. The assumption is that if you are from the Global South your humanity is still open to question.

He argues that Muslims are facing a structure of what he calls "double-consciousness." They are not looking at themselves through their own eyes but rather through glasses that have been placed on their eyes. So they see the world through the lens of a Eurocentric, colonial, postmodern structure where "moderate" Islam is promoted. This is essentially universalizing the concept of "Eurocentricity" and imposing it on others.

But at a time when we are being asked to be uniformed economically, socially and politically, we must insist that we are unique. God gave us the uniqueness to look at the world with our own eyes, to engage in the world in our own particular way, and especially to create spaces that are essentially welcoming.

Every person can contribute to the world according to the abilities that God gave them because one of the purposes of creation is diversity. It is through diversity that we are able to actually solve the multiplicity of problems that face us. We cannot think in a critical way without taking into account our political, social, and economical global conditions.