Previous Issue - March/April 2006

The Editor’s Desk

The Case for a Reformed/ Pristine Islam

Some 1.6 billion people on this planet believe that by virtue of being the followers of the last prophet they have been entrusted to play a very special role in future history. This belief in their chosen ness (khaire ummah) is as much part of their faith as the belief in the oneness of God almighty, His messengers, the hereafter and the divine agency of angels. This ideological stance of world leadership as opposed to the stark realities of real world where they find themselves in the web of gl... view more


The liberal dilemma: integration or vilification?

Tariq Modood

The origins of the infamous Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed do not lie in an attempt to offer contemporary comment, let alone satire, but the desire to illustrate a childrens' book. While such pictures would have been distasteful to many Muslims – hence why no illustrator could be found – the cartoons are in an entirely different league of offence. They are all unfriendly to Islam and Muslims and the most notorious implicate the prophet with terrorism. If the message was meant to be th... view more

Offensive Cartoons and Need for Standards of Decency

Mirza A. Beg

Though chronologically it is the 21st century, a new millenium, politically we are still mired in one of the bloodiest centuries ever, the 20th Century. Thoughtful people from traditions have worked hard to bring peace and understanding to the tortured world, but with faster mass communication, it is getting easier to be profane and inflame than to educate.... view more



And then the US launched its wars. One of the major disconnects in the present conflict is the way in which European and American analysis obsesses with the apparently anarchic outbursts of violence in the “Arab street” without taking in how brutally violent the post-9/11 “coalition” assault has been, not only physically but psychologically.... view more

Behind the Cartoons

Mohammed A. Bamyeh

First, learning: An international crisis of the kind unleashed due to the insulting cartoons of the prophet always invites us to think more clearly and to learn the right lessons. For it carries within it the seeds of great errors: the error of confusing one event or anomaly with a pattern in the culture or history, of confusing a pure accident with the essence or whole logic of an enduring struggle. In our focus on the violence accompanying it, we forget that by and large the vast majority of... view more

Time to Install Circuit-Breakers in the System

Farish A. Noor

The furore over the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad continues at its overheated pace. Day by day we witness more spectacular outbursts of Muslim anger all over the world, targeted towards not against a single Danish newspaper whose cultural editor had the bad taste and poor sense to publish such inflammatory material, but towards an amorphous 'West' that grows ever broader, wider and indistinct. From South America - where demonstrations were seen in Venezuela - to Indonesia, the Muslim stree... view more

Rousing the lethargic bull

Navid Kermani

The controversy over the Danish caricatures has unfolded as though a screenwriter had penned a script for a global culture war. The Muslims in this scenario react like Pavlov's dogs: predictably, thoughtlessly, brutally. They bark in response to light signals, biting on cue. Substantial sections of the Iranian and Arab populations in particular have failed to grasp the principle that one does not resort to violence simply because one feels annoyed or offended, that in a globalised world, there... view more

Danish Cartoons and Muslims

Asghar Ali Engineer

The cartoons published in Danish papers a few months ago caricaturing the Holy Prophet (PBUH) has once again taken world of Islam by storm. There are demonstrations throughout Islamic world – some violent, some peaceful and in some cases like Afghanistan several people have been killed in very violent demonstrations. The Danish Government initially took stand that it is matter of freedom of press and it cannot stop any paper from publishing such cartoons, as it cannot interfere with the freedo... view more


What Future for Islam in Europe?

Professor Mohamed Elmandjra

A good part of my research work has been devoted to future studies.[1] In 1990 I helped organize, in Algiers, the first conference on “Islamic Futures” which convened a number of Muslim scholars and academics. There was a consensus at that meeting that Islam had reached its lowest point in history because it has concentrated too much on the past and not opened its eyes on the future.... view more

Understanding the essence of religious traditions in the contemporary world

Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi

Ever since the human race was launched on earth it was destined to live together. That was an added challenge to the challenge of coming to terms with the environment and with life itself—the inevitable questions of why, wherefrom and whereto. Religion came to help mankind in facing all the three challenges. Broadly speaking it did so by connecting men and women to God and reassuring mankind that the environment too owed its existence to Him.... view more

21 st Century Finance

Chris Cook

Introduction There is a dawning realisation that the global economy has reached a “tipping point” at which continuing economic growth in Brazil, India and China in particular will outstrip the availability of energy supplies leading to geopolitical crisis. ... view more

Islamic World’s Development Policy Responses to the Challenges of Financial Globalization

Muhammad Iqbal Anjum

1. PROLOGUE The financial globalization has been the most conspicuous dimension of the capitalist movement of globalization. The world-level phenomenon of financial globalization has been profoundly conditioning the economic outlook, institutional structures, policy regimes and performances of the contemporary 57 Islamic countries which seem to constitute the contemporary independent Islamic world. Most of the contemporary Islamic countries... view more

The Pseudo-Religiosity is Leading Human Civilization toward Suicide

Irfan Ahmad Khan

The following is an effort to develop an agenda for true religiosity. True religiosity, is seriously concerned with human destiny. It invites all conscientious people _ even those who have, apparently, rejected religion _ to work together to save humankind. True religiosity is both progressive and authentic. Religion and Science are good friends.... view more

Muslims between Challenges of the Present and Questions of the Future

Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar Alam

Reasons for deepening research and dialogue on the reality of Muslims have grown more pressing than ever before as the world has entered a new era of its history, marked by an increasingly rapid pace of radical changes and unexpected mutations which upset the usual and the customary.... 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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