Steven Zhou

Steven Zhou is a writer and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. Read his work at www.zhoujournal.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @stevenzzhou


Steven Zhou is a writer and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. Read his work at www.zhoujournal.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @stevenzzhou



ARTICLES BY Steven Zhou



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Paris and the Post-9/11 Cycle to Nowhere

Not long after the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the worst attack on French soil since WWII, President


Not long after the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the worst attack on French soil since WWII, President Francois Hollande vowed to wage a “pitiless” attack on the group, whose crime he called an “act of war.” As of writing, at least 129 people were killed in a coordinated string of attacks Friday the […]

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The Meaning of “Mecca_Live”

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia isn’t exactly known for its openness. The powerful Saudi monarchy, which exercise signific


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia isn’t exactly known for its openness. The powerful Saudi monarchy, which exercise significant regional and global influence, are heads of a state that has yet to address a number of critical human rights problems afflicting its society, and thus drawing criticism the world over. Saudi Arabia has long been a […]

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Omar Khadr and the Passion of Dennis Edney

When I took a plane from Vancouver to Toronto in 2006 as 17-year-old, I was already full of piss and vinegar about what


When I took a plane from Vancouver to Toronto in 2006 as 17-year-old, I was already full of piss and vinegar about what I thought of the world. I had my mind all made up about George Bush’s dumb wars, as well as this thing I heard everybody refer to as the “War on Terror”—some […]

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Misrepresentations of the Intellectual

A Muslim scholar half-jokingly once said that “Muslims are all nerds.”  Skeptics can pay a visit to one of the annu


A Muslim scholar half-jokingly once said that “Muslims are all nerds.”  Skeptics can pay a visit to one of the annual Islamic conventions in North America, where tens of thousands of Muslims go to hear (when they’re not hanging out with their friends) scholars lecture on a number of different topics. They do this largely […]

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Death and Reporting for Chapel Hill

That The Independent of Britain had a long article on what happened last night in Chapel Hill, North Carolina before any


That The Independent of Britain had a long article on what happened last night in Chapel Hill, North Carolina before any major U.S. outlet made mention of the incident is a good reflection of how the “mainstream” media works these days. Their subsequent framing of what happened is perhaps more indicative of how prevailing assumptions […]

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The Politics of Racism in the Middle East

Editor’s note: first published in December 2014 in the print edition. Nothing in the Middle East stays the same fo


Editor’s note: first published in December 2014 in the print edition. Nothing in the Middle East stays the same for long. Extraordinary political and electoral shifts throughout the second half of 2014 have facilitated some of the most startling changes to the face of the region. Both state and non-state actors have used religious and […]

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Charlie Hebdo and Kang Xi

What happened earlier this month at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo has been commented upon ad nauseam; some rea


What happened earlier this month at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo has been commented upon ad nauseam; some really good pieces have resulted alongside some terrible ones.  What needs to be said has probably been said already, and readers can look here and here if they are interested in what I have to say […]

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Western Muslims and the Obsession of Liang Qi-Chao

Ever since the imperial armies of the West, fuelled by technological and material advantages, encroached upon its eventu


Ever since the imperial armies of the West, fuelled by technological and material advantages, encroached upon its eventual colonies a few centuries ago, intellectuals in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere have struggled with what may be the world’s greatest conundrum: how to derive goodness from Western modernity in a way that won’t destroy one’s own sense of […]

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The Empire Strikes Muslims

If there is one master narrative that has animated the 21st century, then the “war on terror” has to be it. The fear


If there is one master narrative that has animated the 21st century, then the “war on terror” has to be it. The fear it has created in reaction to the tragic events of 9/11 has given birth to almost every other narrative that has underpinned this generation: economic uncertainty, geopolitical turmoil, electronic surveillance, and more. […]

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A Great (Political) Neutering

Every problem that afflicts the Muslim world calls out desperately for enlightened Muslim activism. Yet it can be convin


Every problem that afflicts the Muslim world calls out desperately for enlightened Muslim activism. Yet it can be convincingly argued that Western Muslim communities have become politically castrated in the post-9/11 era. Organizations are afraid to lose their charitable status as governments implement rigorous auditing procedures, while those who want nothing more than normal, decent […]