In today’s Sunday Reading list, we bring to you Prof. Akeel Bilgrami’s (Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy of Columbia University) seminal text on Islam: What is a Muslim? Fundamental Commitment & Cultural Identity, which is soon to be published in length, in the form of a book. A secularist and an atheist in his belief, Bilgrami has had significant contributions to the concepts of secularism, identity, belief and his valuable opinions on even broader concepts of religion, language and the mind.
The essay was first released by Critical Inquiry in 1992 when the world had not yet seen the rise of Islamic terrorism or even, Islamophobia which succeeded it and which is a global concern currently, the latter being a bigger concern than the former.
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