Previous Issue - September / October 2007

The Editor’s Desk

Reinterpreting Islam

A post-era feeling has gripped the world of Islam. It appears to many of us that we are living in an age of agonizing boredom when history is wrapping itself up and when momentous events are not taking place any more. Our allurement of the past – when our history was at its zenith and when we enjoyed the Golden Age wherein the pious elders perfected the process of thinking, leaves almost no role for us in any future scheme of things. In short, the future history, as we conceive it today, is no ... view more

Leaders

Aspects of Intercultural Dialogue: Islam and the West

Prof. Dr. Hans Köchler

(I) The state of affairs It is to be noted that the paradigm of the “clash of civilizations” has emanated from the Western world – and in a particular historical constellation when, after the disappearance of the ideological adversary, a new enemy stereotype was “needed” to justify the claim to global hegemony in the new unipolar environment. If one is seriously concerned about intercultural dialogue, one has to identify the undeclared agenda behind the launching of this paradigm at the beg... view more

Stereotyping Of Muslims Demeans Our Democracy

Benjamin J. Hubbard

Stereotyping is a deceptive and malicious way of asserting the superiority of one ethnic, national or religious group over another. Its fruits are bigotry, violence and war. It thrives on half-truths, generalizations and fear.... view more

Insights

Islam, Society and Modernity

Prof. Khalid Masud

During the huge public discourse, especially in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, Muslim mind-set toward modernity frequently came into question. A whole theology bas came into being on the question whether Islam and modernity are compatible to each other. Neither the question nor the arguments are new. Similar debates arose in the nineteenth century when the Western nations colonized Muslim lands. ... view more

Islam and Islamic Law under World Constitutions

Tahir Mahmood

I. Demography By a cautious estimate the religion of Islam has as many as 1.5 billon followers in the present-day human world. In terms of the number of adherents it is the largest religion in the continents of Africa and Asia and has a large following also in Australia, Europe and North America. ... view more

The Future of “Islamic Democracy” in the Middle East- Islamists and Democracy: Friends or Foes?

Radwan A. Masmoudi

Introduction: With few exceptions, most of the Arab countries are ruled by corrupt and secular elite that is benefiting from the status-quo. They are afraid of what democracy might bring, so they are doing everything in their power to scare the U.S. and the West of the so-called “Islamic threat”. The secular elite are becoming increasingly marginalized, isolated,... view more

The Beliefs and Politics of a Pseudo-Mahdist Cult

Yoginder Sikand

Introduction: This paper looks at the origins and development of the cult of Riyaz Ahmad Goharshahi (1941-2001), who, a large section of his followers believe, claimed to be the Imam Mahdi. It begins with a brief description of his teachings and his life and goes on to deal with the cult after his death, when his followers split into two main groups: the London-based Mehdi Foundation International (MFI) and the Pakistan-based Anjuman-e Sarfaroshan-e Islam (ASI).... view more

BOOK REVIEW

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

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