All About Darfur is a highly personal documentary feature debut from Taghreed Elsanhouri, who describes herself as a British woman of Sudanese origin.Returning to Sudan to investigate the causes of continuing conflict, she simply turns the mike towards anyone willing to talk, including her driver, who disproves of her choices. "This is so radically different from the news porn we're used to seeing," Bailey says. "The filmmaker is constantly navigating her place there because she's looked upon as an outsider." The result is a film that is as rough and disorienting as it is touching, illuminating"
ارسل: الجمعة سبتمبر 23, 2005 8:47 pm موضوع الرسالة:
Thanks, Ustaz Alfatih for the message...
I encourage you to see the blog of Darfur Alert Coalition http:darfuralert.blogspot.com , which is a grassroots initiative of the Sudanese and their allies in Philadelphia...
P.S. Was great meeting and listening to your intriguing thoughts during the SSA conference in Toronto last Aug..
ارسل: الاثنين سبتمبر 26, 2005 7:49 pm موضوع الرسالة:
Dear Mohamed Elgadi,
Thank you so much for stopping by. I was impressed by the kind of work you are doing under what you describe as “progressive Islam: the courageous attempt of extending the hermeneutic horizons of holy Islamic texts and traditions, and testing, therefore, our tolerance as Muslims. Looking forward to see some of these ideas, part of what you had presented in the latest conference of Sudanese Studies, made available in this forum.
ارسل: الخميس سبتمبر 29, 2005 3:01 pm موضوع الرسالة:
The Progressive or Liberal Islam movement is gaining grounds everyday allover the world, not only where Muslims could practice/express these ideas but also in the so-called Muslim countries.
The movement is strongly rooted in Indonesia and represented by many groups such as the Liberal Islam Network
In the US there are many active groups and Chapters in which all are guided by the the following principles:
• We affirm that a Muslim is anyone who identifies herself or himself as "Muslim," including those whose identification is based on social commitments and cultural heritage.
• We affirm the equal status and equal worth of all human beings, regardless of religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality. Islam holds that this essential dignity is due to humanity’s rank as precious creations of God, and recipients of divine breath, as stated in the holy Qur’an.
• We affirm that justice (‘adl) and compassion (ihsan) should be the guiding principles for all aspects of human conduct. Islam holds that these qualities are characteristics of God as revealed in the holy Qur’an, divine qualities that are the ethical virtues to which all human beings should aspire to emulate.
• We reject authoritarian, racist, and sexist formulations as antithetical to the principles of justice and compassion.
• We call for critical inquiry and dynamic engagement with Islamic scripture, early Muslim sources, the Islamic intellectual heritage, and traditional and current Muslim discourses. Critical inquiry should always proceed from a commitment to justice and compassion for all, and not degenerate into blaming or stigmatizing others.
• We believe that there are multiple paths that lead to truth.
• We support the political separation of religious institutions and state functions, and the strict neutrality of the state on matters of religion.
• Recognizing our participation in the broader human family, we seek to engage with and contribute to other philosophical and spiritual traditions and progressive movements.
There are growing participations of the Sudanese activists in this movement especially in cities like Philadelphia, Amherst. Actually one of these groups are planning an important pioneer step in the coming weeks which I plan to share here on this forum when I get their permission.
For human rights activists, religious they are or not, Islam as a belief of more than 1.2 billions should not be left for fanatics to hijack.
Regards to the wonderful group of people I met with you during the SSA conference in Toronto last month.