Previous Issue - November/December 2006

The Editor’s Desk

Putting History back to the Track

The Divine Revelation is a key to the secrets of history. There is a fundamental difference between the guiding light of the Divine Revelation and the utilitarian human insights into history. The insight of the historian and his understanding of events illuminate only a segment of the truth in the rise and fall of nations. It is as though a flash of lightning comes for a moment and dazzles the whole universe, some truths are unraveled and some truths remain enveloped in darkness. In comparison ... view more

Leaders

Misguided Pope: Conflict with Another Monotheistic Religion

Abbass Alkhafaji

It is unfortunate to see that a person like the Pope Benedict XVI, Head of the Catholic Church, who should have been a voice of reason and reconciliation, acted in a way that contradicted his position. His remarks showed ignorance about the great religion of Islam and the great Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H) The question that must be raised is whether the Pope is aware of the new world situation after the September 11 attacks and the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. There is no doubt that he has... view more

IS PROGRESSIVE ISLAM POSSIBLE?

Asghar Ali Engineer

Many people talk about progressive Islam. Is progressive Islam possible? Many are sceptical. But some maintain Islam need not be preceded with any attribute like ‘progressive’. Islam itself contains the attribute i.e. it is inherently possible. Why such contradictory positions? It is not surprising as Shari’ah-based rigid Islam and the Qur’an-based Islam make all the difference.... view more

Insights

Ijtihad & the Application of Islam in the 21st Century

Abu Ismael al-Beirawi

The subject of Ijtihad occupies a recurring theme across much contemporary Islamic literature. A tool employed by Islamic jurists, it holds the key to Islam's continual relevance and to defining an Islamic approach for solving problems in the 21st Century.... view more

Islamophobia: A Call to Confronting a Creeping Disease

Louay Safi

President Bush reacting to the unearthing of the alleged bombing plot over the Atlantic August 10 remarked: "This nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation." ... view more

Philosophy of Fiqh

Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi

Islamic philosophy is a newly born science among Muslim scholars and believed to be an important addition in Islamic research methodology in order to make Islam compatible with the modern world and to combat the challenges of modernity. Although it is in its early stages and its different dimensions still need to be explored. Jurisprudence (Islamic Fiqh) like other sciences has its own presuppositions and assumptions which might have been proven in other sciences or need still to be proved, but ... view more

The Conflict of Civilizations from an Islamic Perspective

Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri

Introduction One of the most widely used expressions and concepts during the last decade of the 20th Century is presumably the concept of “the Conflict of Civilizations” and its counterpart “the Dialogue of Civilizations”, be it at the general level of print in newspapers, magazines and the other media such as radio, television and various internet sites, be it at the particular level of research, study and discussion in circles of research, studies and decision support, be it in faculties ... view more

Human/Non-Human Interface: The Emergence of New Forms of Embodiment in the 21st Century

Arthur Saniotis

Introduction: Human Evolution and the Roots of Consciousness There is little doubt that the last four hundred years have seen a resurgence of humanism that has led to the development of scientific genres. The centrality of human science in the modern age is perhaps without peer. It is science which presently informs human knowledge of the universe while contouring technological advances in various areas. Recent discoveries in genetics and artificial intelligence (A.I.) have impacted on t... view more

BOOK REVIEW

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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