I guess you could say i am a "traditional modern" Muslim. I believe Muslims need to learn their Religion as it was reliably preserved and transmitted and make it relevant to our circumstances today. This doesn't mean reinventing Islamic Jursiprudence or Doctrine, but thoroughly understanding them and seeing how they can be employed to improve the societies in which we live.
On a personal note, i grew up in a mid-sized city in New England and attended college in a pictureque college town. While in college, i became interested in Islam (after reading Malcolm X). Then i went off to the big city to learn more about Islam and work in the da`wah.
After my tour of duty, i went overseas and worked and studied for a while. I'm a hick at heart and now live in the South chillin' with the chickens and the other critters and keeping it country.
I am open to discussing a range of topics, whether it be on Islamic/academic education, social issues, or matters pertaining directly to the Religion.
May Allah guide us and give us the good endings.