Previous Issue - January/February 2007

The Editor’s Desk

Reinventing the Muslim Mind

Ever since I read Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Prozac Nation and Peter D. Kramer’s Listening to Prozac I am wondering if Prozac, Ritalin, Zoloft and the like wonder drugs that help millions of people regain their self-esteem can also be employed in infusing a creative confidence in the Muslim mind. As Prozac or fluoxetine works as a neurotransmitter, it effectively increases the level of Serotonin in the brain, the low level of which is said to be the main cause of depression, anger and even suicide.... view more

Leaders

Filasteen

Abdul Rahman Hilmi

The following article is written to not as an advice, but as a warning to the Muslim ummah of their neglected duty towards Islam and themselves. First I will go through a quick refutation of all the excuses used to justify Zionism before I speak of the solution. This is because we cannot know what the solution is when there is doubt as to the legitimacy of the Zionist state. ... view more

Possible Solutions to the Palestine Question

Art Shostak

It is easier to know what to avoid than what to do when wresting with the Palestine Question (defined here not as a territorial war, but as our need to help Palestinians swiftly improve their life chances). For one, it is pointless to look for an easy or swift resolution, as the problem courses very deep: Al Jazeera's editor, for example, focuses on humiliation: 'It gnaws at the people in the Middle East that such a small country as Israel, with only about 7 million inhabitants, can defeat the ... view more

How Jewish is the state of Israel?

Mohammad Siddique Seddon

It [Israel] will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the Prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the Charter of the Unites Natio... view more

Insights

Progressive Thinking In Contemporary Islam

Prof. Dr. Christian W. Troll

It seems sensible to start by shedding light on the background context and then to define the broader framework within which the "progressive thinking" in contemporary Islam which we want to discuss is embedded. The movements and trends which are shaping the contemporary Islamic world can be analyzed and assessed in the light of two conflicting forces, namely the notions of authenticity on the one hand and modernity on the other.... view more

Translating Islam

Zafer Şenocak

Current perceptions of Islam tend to be based on a few, very expressive symbols. Above all it is the veil worn by women that has become definer of both body and identity, a designating, delimiting symbol with no clear division discernible between the wearer’s self-determined exclusion and that that is imposed from without. The prominence given to the veil overshadows the debates on the roles and relationships between the sexes. ... view more

Faith and Investment

M. N. Siddiqi

Faith gives meaning to the world in which we live and to life itself. It answers for us such questions as who are we, wherefrom and whereto? Without faith it is hard to situate oneself in the world around. Situatedness in the world is not something one can ignore or be indifferent to, as it is an inalienable aspect of being, of life itself. ... view more

Dialogue with Muslims: Possible, or pipe dream? a>

Abraham H. Foxman

At a time when the greatest threat facing the Jewish people and, indeed, the entire world, is from Islamic extremism — its ideological totalitarianism, its use of terror and suicide bombs, its goals of developing nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction — the question of relations with Muslims in general is at center stage. Recently, after I gave an address on the subject of the Islamic extremist threat, I responded to a question about dialogue by saying that it is a “pipe dream” because “t... view more

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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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