Over at New English Review they have a new series of posts on Adult-Onset Islam.
via Annals Of Adult-Onset Islam, Academic Division: Sheik Abdal Hakim Murad
You can watch the Cambridge lecturer Abdal Hamid Murad– who was formerly Tim Winter, and still is when he writes reviews in the TLS on Islamic themes and wishes to hide or de-emphasize his parti pris – here.
He’s very pleased with his new identity. It gives his life meaning.
And see if you detect, in his eyes, in his gestures, in his mien,in his delivery, in his words — that something-not-quite-rightness, that quality of teeter-tottering on or over the abyss of the unhinged that some may agree are exhibited by many, by most,by practically all of those who suffer from adult-onset Islam (Academic Division).
Head of the Islamic studies program at Brandeis University, Assistant Professor Joseph E. B. Lumbard helped gather faculty support, especially in his own department and in the Judaic Studies Department (some complacently rallying happily to the cause of their besieged, afffronted, hurt “Muslim brothers” which could be cured only by preventing Ayaan Hirsi Ali from being given a degree ex grege eundem, but extra-grex she is and always willl be). You can find out more about him here.