Previous Issue - May/June 2005

The Editor’s Desk

Beyond an Islamic Reformation

From Makkah to Washington DC Islamic Reformation is the buzz word. Though the reform movement is no new innovation in Islam, nevertheless, the rallying cry for reforming Islam from within had never attained such a high pitch. And despite the fact that reformation has an Islamic basis, the external pressure to do so has cast a shadow of doubt on the nature of the reform itself. Then, there are intellectuals in the west, whose advocacy for reform is not to make Islam more compatible with our tim... view more


Conventions Should Not Be Mistaken For Islam

future islam

Mothers, sisters and daughters of the Ummah, Assalamu Alaikum O Rahmatullah. This is not the first occasion when I have had the opportunity to visit a religious educational institution meant for women. However, what delighted me the most here is the expression of your deep longing to spread the message of the True Faith... view more

Getting Behind The Woman Imam

Esther Nelson

Dr. Amina Wadud, a female Religious Studies professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, in the United States, led a mixed gender prayer service in New York City on March 18, 2005. Repercussions have been felt all over the world—especially the Muslim world. Dr. Nasr Abu Zaid, a male professor of Islamic Studies, who occupies the Ibn Rushd Chair for Islam and Humanism at the University of Humanities in Utrecht and currently lives in exile in The Netherlands, delivered a... view more


Ethics And Globalization: The Interreligious Challenge

Rev. John T. Pawlikowski

I consider it a special honor to have been invited to deliver this third Meriol Trevor lecture commemorating the life and work of this outstanding member of the Bathonian community. I share with her a deep interest in the contributions of Pope John XXIII, particularly in the areas of social justice and Christian-Jewish relations. In this presentation I shall honor her memory by referring in a special way to the impact of Pope John XXIII in these two impor?tant areas. ... view more

Globalization And Emerging Challenges To Islam In Asia

Asghar Ali Engineer

Globalization is posing challenges in almost all the fields - economic, political, cultural and religious. Ideally speaking every change brings its own challenges which have to be faced either by conserving what has been inherited leading to increased orthodoxy resulting in more conflict or creatively accommodating change and synthesizing it with what is inherited.... view more

Globalization At Crossroads Of Warfare

Muhammad Iqbal Anjum

A Retrospective on Globalization The world has entered the 21st century along with a hope of globalization-based development of all nations, regions and inhabitants of the world. Today, globalization is the most fashionable current economic issue on the whole globe. However, it is the most controversial global issue as well. Today globalization stands out as one of the most universally condemned movement among the global masses. Numerous contemporary violent protests against globalizatio... view more

The Politics Of Islamic Finance

Professor Rodney Wilson

There has been surprisingly little written on the politics of Islamic finance, yet government policy has obvious implications for the development of Islamic finance. Some governments have been very supportive, notably those of Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Qatar and Malaysia; others have been hostile, such as those of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Libya, partly because they have had a mistaken view that Islamic finance is somehow linked to Islamic militants. In several countries, notably Turkey and Egy... view more

Islamic Discourse between Tradition and Modernity

Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri

Introduction: One of the prerequisites of an active interaction with the multiple changes witnessed by our world is a reconsideration of the systems and patterns adopted in our intellectual and cultural life, and a rethinking of the positions we adopt and the choices we make in all political and economic matters. Only through such a review that we would be able to assess our work, meet the needs, redress and correct eventual errors, and rationalize, strengthen and steer our march in the rig... 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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