Are you a Coca-Cola Muslim?

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by Lenna

Lately I’ve watching a lot of videos by Islamic scholar Abdur Raheem Green, who lives in the UK. I stumbled upon one I think is really good I’d like to share.

Green uses the proliferation of Coca-Cola, an iconic American brand, to frame a discussion around Western cultural hegemony and its influence on Muslims.

At the end of the lecture, he gives a quiz (in apparent jest) to help Muslims determine if they qualify as Coca-Cola Muslims.

The lecture is from 2007, and apparently, once again, I’m way behind the times. You can always count on me to bring you stale news, and videos nearly every Muslim on the planet has already seen. 🙂

But if you somehow missed this lecture, or haven’t seen it in a long time, I think it’s well worth watching.

NOTE: I first posted this on one of my disqus channels, and Yusuf wrote this great summary of the content in comments:

The first third is about western consumer culture.

The second third is about the origins of Christianity and how its spread in the Roman Empire actually changed Christianity as opposed to the other way around.

The third third is about what exactly a Coca-cola Muslim is and how such Muslims are in danger of falling for what was discussed in the first two parts.

The last five or so minutes was a Q/A session which can be skipped. 

I really think this video is worth an hour of your time to watch in full:

If you’re like to join a discussion regarding this article, please visit the original post on my disqus channel, The Golden Rule.

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