Decolonise the Mind


We have a number of announcements for you.

Author Evening with Andrew Booso – The Book of Wisdoms

Join us today for an author evening with Andrew Booso, to discuss the book, The Book Of Wisdoms [Kitab al-Hikam with Ikmal al-Shiyam] – A Collection of Sufi Aphorisms with a Commentary by Shaykh Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari & Shaykh ‘Abdullah Gangohi (translation of the Hikam by Victor Danner, commentary edited by Andrew Booso and Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf).

This book will be available to purchase from the IHRC Bookshop.


WHEN: TODAY, 3 February, 2023, 6.30pm (GMT)
WHERE: IHRC Bookshop (202 Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8PA) or watch live on www.ihrc.tvFacebook or YouTube

Prayer and wudu facilities available
Refreshments provided
For any enquiries, please email

The Kitab al-Hikam of Shaykh Ibn ‘Ata’illah al-Iskandari is the inspiring explanation of the soul’s journey through this life, as determined through the Qur’an and Sunna. Along with his treatises and intimate discourses (munajat), the substantive feature of the work is the author’s 264 spiritual aphorisms (hikam)­—concise, comprehensive and sublime sayings on self purification (tazkiya), and guidelines to help strengthen the relationship between humans and their Lord.

Andrew Booso is originally from London. He read Law at the London School of Economics, and pursued traditional Islamic learning with a variety of teachers in a private capacity. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Al-Salam Institute (Oxford and London). He edits for a number of publishers specialising in the Islamic disciplines, and has produced works related to Quranic exegesis, spirituality, ethics, Islamic law and theology.


Book Launch with Jonathan A.C. Brown: Islam & Blackness

Join us for an exclusive book launch and author evening with Professor Jonathan A.C. Brown to discuss his latest publication, Islam and Blackness.

WHEN: Friday, 10 February 2023, from 6.15pm GMT
WHERE: P21 Gallery (Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD)
TICKETS: £10 per person – Purchase here 
(Tickets are for 16 years and up)


Author Evening with Jonathan A.C. Brown and Ustadh Mustafa Briggs: Islam & Blackness

Join IHRC and Karima Foundation for an exclusive author evening with Professor Jonathan A.C. Brown and Ustadh Mustafa Briggs to discuss Islam & Blackness. This event will be chaired by Habeeb Akande. This event is organised in collaboration with Karima Foundation and SOAS Islamic Society.



WHERE: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Torrington Square, London WC1H 0XG
WHEN: Monday, 13 February 2023

Entry time: 6pm
Qur’an recitation and translation: 6.15pm
Author discussions and Q&A: 6.30pm

Dr Jonathan A.C. Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006.

His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007), Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009) and Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011), which was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. His book, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent. He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr. Brown’s current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari.

Dr Brown’s book, Slavery & Islam, is also available at IHRC Bookshop.

Ustadh Mustafa Briggs is a historian, writer and renowned speaker. He holds an undergraduate degree in Arabic and International Relations from the University of Westminster, where he wrote a dissertation on Arabic Literature and Literacy in West Africa. Mustafa also holds an MA in Translation from SOAS, University of London, specializing in Arabic and Islamic texts. Mustafa is known for his lecture series ‘Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam’, which explores the ties between Islam and Black history and the legacy of African Islamic scholarship. These lectures were held at numerous prestigious universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Yale. Mustafa’s work has gained international recognition and has made significant contributions to the understanding of Islam and its relationship to Black history.

He is currently pursuing his studies at al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he is specializing in Islamic Studies and Arabic.

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On 6th June 2020, IHRC hosted a special online event with Dr Mohammad Marandi, Imam Dawud Walid and Professor Ramon Grosfoguel discussing colonialism, white privilege and black rights in America. Click below to watch the event.

Dr Mohammad Marandi is an Iranian American academic and political analyst. He is a professor of English and Orientalism at the University of Tehran. Imam Dawud Walid is currently the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) Imams Committee and a Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary based in New York. Professor Ramon Grosfoguel is a Puerto Rican sociologist who is a Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley.

Imam Dawud Walid’s books, Blackness and Islam and Futuwwah and Raising Males into Sacred Manhood are also available at IHRC Bookshop. As Black History Month is being celebrated in the US, below are some books that are currently in stock. For more books, click here:

Decolonizing the Mind: A Guide to Decolonial Theory and Practice – Sandew Hira

For twelve years, Sandew Hira has been working on a book titled Decolonizing The Mind – a guide to decolonial theory and practice. In different parts of the world a new decolonial movement is growing that challenges long time narratives in knowledge production and social struggle and transforms activism and social movements. It is driven by key factors such as the fall of the west and the rise of the rest, the collapse of the socialist bloc and in general the crisis of Western civilization.

This book develops a comprehensive, coherent and integral theoretical framework that draws on different contributions in the decolonial movement. It also deals with the practical implication of decolonial theory for decolonial activism.

Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec ruler of Tenochtitlan, Mexico, spoke of the sun that has gone down with the arrival of the European invader and an era of darkness his people now entered. This contrasts with the idea of an era of Enlightenment, which is fundamental to the European view of world history. He also predicted that a time will come when the sun will rise again, when the colonial world civilization is replaced by a new world civilization based on decolonizing the mind.


Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam – Mustafa Briggs

Beyond Bilal explores and uncovers the deep rooted relationship between Islam and Black History, from Black Prophets and prominent figures in the Qur’an, to the unknown black Sahaba and scholars of the early generations, the history of Islam in Africa, and the legacy of contemporary African Islamic scholarship and its role in the International Relations of the Muslim World.

This book also contains Mustafa Briggs’ other two lectures, Before Malcolm X: History of Islam in the Americas, and Daughters of Fatima: Female Scholarship in the Islamic Tradition. From Oxford to Cambridge, Harvard to Yale, and now to you in book format for the very first time.


They Called Me A Lioness: A Palestinian Girl’s Fight For Freedom

Ahed Tamimi, a world renowned Palestinian activist, was jailed at sixteen after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers. She illuminates the daily struggles of life under occupation in this moving, deeply personal memoir. They Called Me a Lioness shows us what is at stake in the Palestinian struggle and offers a fresh vision for resistance. With their unflinching, riveting storytelling, Ahed Tamimi and Dena Takruri shine a light on the humanity not just in occupied Palestine but also in the unsung lives of people struggling for freedom around the world.

Little People, Big Dreams: Muhammad Ali – Isabel Sanchez Vegara

When he was little, Muhammad Ali had his bicycle stolen. He wanted to fight the thief, but a policeman told him him to learn how to box first. After training hard in the gym, Muhammad developed a strong jab and an even stronger work ethic. His smart thinking and talking earned him the greatest title in boxing: Heavyweight Champion of the World.

This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the boxer’s life.

Football in the Middle East: State, Society, and the Beautiful Game – Abdullah Al-Arian

Since the decision for Qatar to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, this region has been cast into the global footballing spotlight, raising issues of geopolitical competition, consumer culture and social justice. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book examines the complex questions raised by the phenomenon of football as a significant cultural force in the Middle East, as well as its linkages to broader political and socioeconomic processes.

The establishment of football as a national sport offers significant insight into the region’s historical experiences with colonialism and struggles for independence, as well as the sport’s vital role in local and regional politics today–whether at the forefront of popular mobilisations, or as an instrument of authoritarian control.

Football has also served as an arena of contestation in the formation of national identity, the struggle for gender equality, and the development of the media landscape. The twelve contributions to this volume draw on extensive engagement with the existing body of literature, and introduce original research questions that promise to open new directions for the study of football in the Middle East.

Read: The Long View Quarterly Magazine Volume 5, Issue 1

In this latest issue, João Silva Jordão’s essay sets out the stall for an Islamic politics in the West, one that rejects the requirement to internalise the contradictions of liberalism as a pre-requisite for participation of Muslims or other minoritized groups. Bleher argues that the returning Mahdi must not simply be recognised by those of us claiming to be awaiting him, but that those followers must be competent.

Sandew Hira, is a deeply personal yet pertinent account of his ideological journey.  From a young die-hard Marxist inspired by the student movements and agitations of 1968 and the revolutionary fervour of the mid-20th century, he finds himself troubled by the unbending authoritarianism of thinking as well as its failure to materialise further revolutions after the Russian revolution of 1917. Afroze F. Zaidi, looks at the controlling mechanisms whereby the British government has closed down political space and effectively depoliticised the masses.

To read the latest issue, click here.

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