Muslim Nationalism: A Survey of Muslim Encounter with Modern Politics in South Asia

with Ustadh Adnan Rehman

Sundays, September 10th, 17th, 24th, and October 8th from 10:00am-1:00pm

ISBCC (Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center)


In the course of the 2016 presidential campaign, American nationalism and White nationalism reasserted themselves in alarming ways. It is now being claimed openly that White-Christian-Conservative identity alone certifies one as a true American.  Muslims are deemed to pose a special threat to American secularism as it is alleged they seek to impose Shari’ah law on America.  Muslims in America, however, are not the first ones to experience these problems.

The question of Islam’s role in a modern secular state appeared decades ago in internal Muslim debates over nationalism vs. multiculturalism, secularism vs. religion, pluralism, and minority rights. Out of these debates emerged new visions of Islam that continue to influence us today. As we face the question of nationalism and multiculturalism in America, it behooves us to look back at the earlier Muslim debates on these issues so as to learn from other experiences and explore ways of dealing with our present predicament.

In the South Asian context, where Muslims have been a religious minority for generations, Indian ‘Ulama and Muslim intellectuals attempted to formulate a response to Islam’s relationship with nationalism and secularism, and whether or how Muslims can live Islam in a secular state.  These debates hold relevance for us today, and will be the subject of this class.





Ustadh Adnan has B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York, M.A. in Islamic Thought from Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, a graduate school of International Islamic University Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, M.A. in Theology and Philosophy from the Theology School at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.

He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion at the Graduate Division of Religious Studies of Boston University, with interests in American Philosophy, Semiotics, and Islam in South Asia.


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