Misbah Board:

  • Editor-in-Chief:
    Nabil Abdurehman '11
  • Executive Editor:
    Zeerak Ahmed '13
  • Webmaster:
    Tiffany Tong GS
  • Editor Emeritus:
    Babur Khwaja '09

"Misbah" is Arabic for lamp...

Misbah Magazine is a student publication that explores the Islamic world. Misbah is an Arabic word that means lamp, and the magazine similarly tries to provide illumination on Islamic civilization by exploring its history, arts, and sciences. The magazine is part outreach, to convey the rich diversity of traditions in the Muslim world. Greater understanding can contribute immensely to tolerant and rational debate. The primary focus of the publication, however, is inward, not outward. By critically engaging ideas and traditions, the magazine hopes to help stimulate a re-awakening in the Muslim community. The publication is one marginal, but important effort in that direction.

A note:

Welcome to Misbah's website. We have only just started out on what we hope will be the first steps in a long and fruitful journey in academic, spiritual, personal and societal contexts.

Misbah was conceived as having primarily two aims. One of them was to focus on the arts, history, culture of Islam and modern streams of thought on all things Islamic and thereby give a broader picture of the Muslim world than it is seen as in the mainstream media. That is not to categorically state those messages as false, but to encourage a broader look at Islam that encompasses much more than what will pass for a Twitter feed, a video on Youtube or a sound bite. By encouraging and promoting a thorough examination of Islamic art, history, culture, philosophy and polity by Muslim and non-Muslim voices, Misbah strives to present a broader, and hopefully clearer, picture of Islam.

The second, and more important aim, was to spark off an internal debate in the Muslim world. The media's representations of Islam are necessarily true in that Islam is presently undergoing a transformative process, with elements of subversion and reversion, evolution and revolution and improvement and regression in all spheres of life clearly visible. There are several in the Muslim community who are oblivious to, or refuse to accept, these changes as a profound and perhaps fundamentally changing process for Islam and Muslims. Our goal, then, is to highlight those changes and provoke an internal conversation about them. It is increasingly important that Muslims confront the issues they face, and to be able to do that, the issues must be framed, arguments must be weighed and evidence examined in a careful, dedicated and serious manner.

We see ourselves as one part of that bigger endeavor. In Misbah you will hopefully find the underpinnings of a yearning to dig deep into Muslim identity and pull out the relevant issues of today. We would like to thank you for being a part of this journey.

Hamza Masood