Previous Issue - July/August 2006

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Tension in the Muslim Mind

We Muslims live with a paradox. If we are really the last chosen nation entrusted to lead the world till end time, why it is so that we are unable to arrest our own decline? Despite the fact that the Muslim nation today constitute almost two billion strong population and they are strategically located in energy-rich lands on which depends the future of the world, they are reduced to mere consumers.... view more


Cultural Challenges to Democratic Reform in the Muslim World: the Case of Syria

Louay Safi

It took a long time before democracy found support in Muslim societies, and continues to be seen today by many in the Muslim world as an alien political system. With few exceptions, Muslim populations have shown little enthusiasm for democratic reforms, even when political leaders and elites are increasingly willing to advocate such reforms. Most recently, Islamists have joined in calling for democratic reform, but their calls go unheeded by conservative Muslims and the larger public. The relu... view more

Muslim Riots in Europe: Wasn't this part of the programme?

Farish A. Noor

Across Europe today Islam and Muslims are being put to question. In early May the British National Party (BNP) contested local elections across the country calling the elections a 'referendum on Islam'. In France similar questions were posed by the Front National on 1st May. Likewise in Denmark and the Netherlands. All across Western Europe, European citizens are being asked if they are willing to 'put up' with the presence of Islam and Muslims in their midst. Europe's universalist dreams and ... view more


Civilization As Instrument of World Order? The Role of the Civilizational Paradigm in the Absence of a Balance of Power

Dr.Hans Köchler

The unipolar power constellation at the beginning of the 21st century appears having brought about a paradigm change in regard to the legitimation of world order. In view of the predominant power's claim to civilizational supremacy, which is documented not only in public relations, but also military campaigns, we intend to analyze that country's strategy of "commanding obedience" vis-a-vis an increasingly "restive" world. ... view more

American Democracy And Comparative Ethnic Performance: Muslims, Blacks And Jews

Ali A. Mazrui

Muslims in the United States face three cultural crises relevant to their roles as citizens – the crisis of identity, the crisis of participation and the crisis of values and code of conduct. ... view more

Martydom: a Drama of Foundation and Transition

Chritian Szyska (Bonn)

The current popularity of Islamic martyrdom practices in the Middle East, particularly in Palestine and Israel, urgently requires scholarly investigation of this fundamental cultural activity. In order to reveal the patterns of martyrdom in Islamic societies and to compare them to similar human activities in other cultures,... view more

Some Hermeneutica Reflection on INteractions of Islamic Sharia and Cyberspace in Iran

Dr. Hasan Rezaei

From the moment the Ottoman Empire, the last Muslim Empire, adopted the Mecelle-i Ahkam-y Adliye[ii] under the influence of the Code Napoleon of 1807 until now, Islamic Sharia has addressed principles, concepts and institutions of modern law, particularly human rights, without any open, inclusive or trustful reconciliation. A history of conflicting legal dualism among Muslim countries starts with the Majallah, which are on the one hand attached to traditional ... view more

On understanding the Qur'an

Asghar Ali Engineer

It is important to pose the question how to understanding Quran? Is it enough to quote a verse from here or there on a particular subject This is what is generally done even by Islamic scholars. In fact it is never enough and creates great deal of misunderstanding and often goes against the very spirit of the Quran. Quran is a divine scripture and can never be understood by quoting piecemeal verses. ... view more

Astronomy, Moon Sighting and Hijri Calendar

Dr. Dildar Ahmed, Ph.D

Introduction Since all of their annual religious festivals and events, such a fasting, Eids, Hajj, etc., are related to it, for the Muslims the Hijri calendar has fundamental importance. It is a pure lunar calendar. In pre-Islamic Arabia, various systems of measuring time were in vogue. Some calendars were lunar, while others were lunisolar- using months based on the phases of the moon but intercalating days outside the lunar cycle to synchronize the calendar with the seasons. ... 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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