Previous Issue - March/April 2007

The Editor’s Desk

A Muslim Initiative on Palestine

A Muslim initiative on Palestine is long overdue. So far, the Muslims have been mainly responding to the initiatives of the others. This has put them on a receiving end leaving little room for them to envision a future beyond the initiatives laid down by their opponents. Now after half a century of unmindful military adventures it has become clear to the thinking minds in Israel that a third word war is no solution to the Palestinian question. The Muslims too on the other hand realise that a mer... view more


The Greening of the World's Religions

Mary Evelyn Tucker And John Grim

As reported last year in the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment, we humans are destroying the life-support systems of the planet at an alarming rate. The data keep pouring in that we are altering the climate and toxifying the air, water, and soil so that the health of humans and other species is at risk. The population explosion in the 20th century from two billion to more than six billion people and the consequent devouring of resources are on a collision course with global sustainability. Glob... view more

Victims of Holocaust Denial: Jews, Muslims - and Human Dignity

Dr. Munawar A. Anees

The Islamic Republic of Iran under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently hosted a conference of historical revisionists dubbed as “Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision.” ... view more

Why is the west listening to Hirsi Ali?

Mahmood Delkhasteh

Recently, a review of Hirsi Ali’s book Infidel in The Economist (‘A critic of Islam’, 8 February) described her as a “chameleon of a woman”, who has been “happy to exploit” the West’s “tendency to seek simplistic explanations”. Indeed, many western intellectuals are championing her ideas and demanding they be given greater exposure. She says what they love to hear, and blinded by this love they have failed to be critical of her; they failed to use the quality of mind, which is ostensibly one ... view more


Rationalism In Islam

Prof. Mohammed Rafi

Piety of soul, purity of heart and intention and the sincerity of comprehension are recognized as the essential of truth by eminent scientist and enlightened intellectuals. Rationalism is the philosophical view that reason is the sources of all knowledge, a view attributed to Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz. It is in contrast to empiricism which believes that all knowledge is derived form experience.... view more

God’s Chosen Peoples

Brendan Mackey & Song Li

The popular Norwegian writer, Jostein Gaader, in his article of August 5th in the Aftenposten, “God’s Chosen People" asserts that Israel is history, meaning that it has no future. Such a statement can be accepted by a Muslim as true only if one first defines what one means by “Israel.” ... view more

Foresight And Connecting The Dots: The politics of worldviews and disowned selves/collectivities

Sohail Inayatullah

FORESIGHT For the foresight practitioner, what is most stunning about the war in Iraq, the recent war in Lebanon and the war on terror is the lack of capacity of Western governments to connect the dots. ... view more

Internal Struggle For Power – The Sunnis Versus Shi’as

Asghar Ali Engineer

The fight between Shi’as and Sunnis has assumed dangerous proportions in Islamic world in general and in Iraq, in particular. And this despite the rhetoric of ummah wahidah (one community of Muslims). More this rhetoric is used, more cleavages occur between Muslims. Of course this rhetoric is being used to hide reality through the cover of ideality. Ideal is never realised, even not realisable and hence we need soul comforting rhetoric. More ugly the reality, more attractive the ideal.... view more


Reconfiguring Interfaith & Intrafaith Understanding

H.E.Dr. Abdulaziz Altwaijri's Address

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All Along

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It Was Oil, All Along

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

At a congressional hearing this week, James Hansen, the NASA climate scientist who exactlyAt a congressional hearing this week, James Hansen, the NASA climate scientist who exactly... view more

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