Previous Issue - January/February 2006

The Editor’s Desk

Undoing the Church in Islam

Undoing the Church in Islam In earlier times, Islam was marked by simplicity and spontaneity. When Abraham, the archetypal Muslim and the role model for all submitters to come, was asked to submit (his will to God), he did it with utmost spontaneity; he said: ‘I submit to the Lord and Cherisher of the universe’ (Qur’an, 2:131). And similar was the case with the Queen of Sheba who wasted no time in accepting the truth once it became clear to her that Solomon was no ordinary king but a messen... view more


Secularism and not Islam is the real enemy of the Vatican

Abid Mustafa

The inauguration of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI has brought to the fore a host of issues, which threaten to undermine his papacy. Chief amongst them is the competition from Islam and the secularisation of Christians in Europe.... view more

Islam and the West: How We Can Bridge the Gap

DR. Ali Al-Hail

The contemporary relations between the West and the countries of the Muslim world are characterized by mutual fear, suspicion, mistrust and misunderstanding, a condition that I call "moral panic." This state of moral panic is deeply grounded in historical stereotypes that go back many centuries.... view more



Asghar Ali Engineer

Islam and human rights is much debated issue and most of the scholars agree that Islam not only conforms to the norms of human rights but also is precursor in this field. Anyone who objectively and dispassionately studies the relevant Qur’anic verses will be easily convinced of this position. But many practices among Muslims raises many questions which have to be satisfactorily answered in the light of today’s human rights norms. ... view more

The Global Ideology Of Fear Or The Globalization Of The Israel Syndrome

Dr Tariq Ramadan

These are strange and difficult times. One might have thought that, in a globalizing age, ideological debate would have focused on how we make our economic and political choices. On the horizon loomed what seemed an unavoidable, direct confrontation between the promoters of transnational, neo-liberal free market capitalism and the defenders of an economy with a human face, of an economic order inspired by another kind of globalization, based on human principles, on an ethical approach to economi... view more

Between Twin Fundamentalisms: Muslims amidst Global Injustice and Extremism

Mohammad Iqbal Ahnaf

Introduction The twenty first century has both good news and bad news for religious people. The good news is that the Middle age theory of secularization has been falsified by the fact of increasing influence of religions in the lives of human being. Religiosity is growing not only among those living under social and economic depression, but also among middle class, educated and urban people. Many have responded to modernity and globalization by moving religions into the center of their live... 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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