With 1.5 billion Muslims, there is considerable diversity in the range of followers in one of the world’s largest monotheistic faiths. The distinction goes far beyond just secular and non-secular Muslims.  Muslims are diverse in not only their faith, but in their culture, their history, their language, and geographical influences. 1.5 billion diverse Muslims who (with limited exception) share parallel lives.

The Qudosi Chronicles began with an interest in covering the modern Islamic world and understanding the motivations of a group of people that, despite being worlds apart, still followed set patterns of behavior. But as Islam and its adherents fractured and as religious elements began fusing with political motivations, it became clear to us that the next step was into the realm of politics.

The growth of Islamism, a political movement to redefine the fundamentals of Western jurisprudence, was first observed in Europe.  As predicted, the movement that has gripped Europe is now just beyond the threshold of American society.  It brings with it new challenges as we struggle to define ourselves in politically unstable waters. It raises new questions that test the parameters set by our founding fathers.

But beyond Islamism, we find the outright terrorism that compromises our way of life. The expansion of extremist networks, evidence of their increasing refinement and mobility, and the ideology that propagates radical Islamic thought, are all clear indicators of a problem that has been gaining ground far before the events of September 11th.

The concerns that direct us were never solely domestic. With globalization thrusting forward at an increasing pace, and with Europe’s recent history already serving as our present, the Qudosi Chronicles addresses issues of international interest to help readers shape a comprehensive view of concerns that stretch beyond our borders.

An international sociopolitical climate charged with religious and cultural tensions has led a number of individuals and groups to adopt a policy of appeasement.  The policy of appeasement makes apologies where none are needed and over extends itself to an audience that does not reciprocate the effort.  Such a situation is void of truth and therefore all subsequent efforts on its behalf are bound to fail.  We have witnessed this failure to the detriment of our own constitutional ideology as free speech is increasingly rebuked under the guise of equality and understanding.

The QC works to bridge that gap and facilitate a cogent awareness of the so-termed East-West dichotomy, the commonly referred to “clash of civilizations”, and finally the labeled “War on Terror”.  While these labels hold a degree of merit, the root problem is far more complex.

Out of the thorough entanglement between politics and religion, the need for Muslim voices that reflects leadership and strong values became clear.  In the interest of offering readers a deeper understanding of political issues, we welcomed on board a team of experienced writers and researchers to offer their keen analysis on political discourse.

It’s my hope that the Qudosi Chronicles is able to rise and be better tomorrow than we are today.  We seek your trust, and hope that you serve as an extension of our voice by being active within your circle by sharing the information you gain here.  And in turn, we welcome your voice, your comments, suggestions and contributions.

Shireen Qudosi

Muslim Reformer Shireen Qudosi

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