Previous Issue - January - March 2016

The Editor’s Desk

An Islamic Meltdown?

We have made ourselves a crisis nation and since our crisis has a global ramification, we are looked at as a source of all crises. This contemporary image of ours is quite contrary to the Quranic image wherein we are portrayed as Khair-u-Ummah, the chosen people of God raised specifically to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong... view more



Prof. Muhammad Nejatullah Siddiqi

I have been involved in Islamic economics most of my life. At school, however, I studied science subjects, but switched to economics, Arabic and English literature for my BA degree at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), which I joined in 1949. The decision was influenced by my reading habit.... view more

What is Islam and who speaks for it today?

Nafasat Khan

For me, the advent of Islam was more a social revolution than a "religious one"! "the concept of social and economic parity" as was envisaged nearly 1400 years ago was an entirely someting new than and even "unthikable" upto 17th century ( when French revolution rocked the Europe). The world was following the path of "class supremacy" - the ruling class and its allies (rich traders) and those under "the rule" were far apart . In some part of the world an entire "group of human beings" was soci... view more


Pluralism and the Quran: Possibilities

Prof. Syed Asim Ali

Pluralism is rather a modern concept advanced in our day for peaceful coexistence of all humans. If the fundamental features of a modern theory are traceable in an ancient text, it is not only amazing but also reassuring. ... view more

Muslim Ummah: Framing a Rational and Humane Agenda

Maqbool Ahmed Siraj

Muslims constitute about 23% population of the world. They rule themselves in 56 countries which are member-states of the OIC. Around one-third of them inhabit several major countries of the world as religious minorities but as full citizens. While the world has heard much of 'Islam means Peace' rhetoric in recent years, peace eludes the Muslims and the Muslim world the most. Bulk of the disquieting news emanates from the Muslim world. Think of war, refugees, displacement of people, coups, su... view more

Conventional Pattern of Qur'anic Interpretation: A Critique

Prof. Israr Ahmad

Three main trends dominate the interpretation of the Qur'an, traditional (ma'thur), rational (ijtihadi), and jurisprudential (fiqhi). Methodological pattern in these categories of tafsiris almost the same. That pattern is generally composed of four principles: (1) the Qur'an interprets the Qur'an, (2) the Prophetic traditions elaborate the Qur'an, (3) views of the Companions (sahabah) and the Successors (tabi'un) unfold the Qur'an, and (4) Judeo-Christian traditions help understand the historica... view more

Intellectual Crisis of Muslims...some stumbling blocks

Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi

After The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam, which actually was the compilation of lectures delivered by Muhammad Iqbal on Islamic philosophy; it was published in 1930, no progress was seen in the process of reconstruction of Islamic thought in real sense. Iqbal's views on Ijtihad are still very relevant and we need to start all our reconstructions of Islamic thought by employing it in its broader ramifications. The second problem closely related to Ijtihad will be and must be none el... view more

Women awakening in Arabian Gulf: An Overview

Dr Kausar Fatima

The western stereotype of the Middle-Eastern woman is now a worn out concept. The new educational infrastructure in the region and the arrival of prestigious western universities right in their courtyard as also the active cooperation of girl's colleges like Iffat College in Jeddah with reputed universities in the US has created a whole new breed of Middle-Eastern women. And if we believe the data, today, the female participation in education in some of the GCC countries, surpasses even the Unit... 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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