Previous Issue - July/August 2005

The Editor’s Desk

An Islamic Future?

A post-democratic era is fast descending on us. Long cherished human ideals like liberty, human dignity and the idea of a free-society, are on a perpetual wane. Intellectual freedom, the very basis of any future-oriented civilised society, is under serious threat today throughout the globe, more so, in the western world – the traditional bastion of modern democracy.... view more


Islamic Reflections and Their Subsistence

Nader Nada

Humanity is in deep need for a comprehensive and clear explanation for man’s role in life, the purpose of his existence, and his obligations towards his creator and the other creatures on Earth. Based on this comprehensive explanation to man's actual value in this universe and the wisdom behind his existence, man will be able to define, find, choose, and construct his way of life.... view more

On A Muslim Woman Leading The Congregational Prayer

Asghar Ali Engineer

Amina Wadud, an Islamic scholar of repute from US led the mixed congregational prayer on 18th March 2005 in New York and also delivered khutba' (i.e. sermon). It was a historic step as it was a unique development in history of Islam. Not that it was first time but it happened after centuries. Amina Wadud invoked principle of spiritual equality of men and women in Islam. She led some 130 women and men in prayer. Subsequently another woman led Jum'ah prayer and delivered a sermon in Canada too. Ms... view more

Women Leading Congregational Prayers

Rashid Shaz

Can a Muslim woman lead Friday Congregation, and that too in a situation where the congregation includes many men, in addition to women? This is the vital, juridical question which is agitating the Muslim world, and on which the jurisprudents and other influential personages of the world are engaged in putting across their views from their own individual perspectives. Shaikh Yusuf Al-Qarzawi who holds special place of prestige in the Muslim world because of his erudition has strongly opposed s... view more


The Silver Lining

Hafiz Hasan Moiz Ansari

The forth anniversary of the horrible attack on United States soil is fast approaching. As this anniversary approaches, we have to look at a few unexplored affects this attack has had. There is no doubt this was a terrible event that directly took the lives of thousands of innocent people and in the aftermath affected the lives of millions more. Just look at the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lives of communities all over the world have been affected in one way or another most of which have be... view more

Violence And Non-Violence In Islam

Mohammad Iqbal Ahnaf

Introduction Memories of Islamic conquest and the Crusades in the middle ages have been refreshed by the recent September 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The spread of Islamic extremism in response to the enduring campaign against terrorism by the United States has associated Islam with terrorism. This does not only create the perception that links Muslims with violence, but also the perception that Islam itself, in a special way (as compared to other religions), is in... view more

The Recovery of Transcendence in Political Order: The Role of Multi-religious Cooperation

Dr. William F. Vendley

Introduction I want to acknowledge the presence of our distinguished friends in the French Chapter of the World Conference of Religions for Peace.[1] Monsieur Nicolas Sarkozy has caused a little tempest here in France by challenging laïcité, acknowledging the importance of religion in France, and supporting a “laïcité positive” that contemplates public funding for religions. Whatever we may think regarding this particular proposal, or perhaps about similar ones being advanced by political... view more

The Impact of Arab Satellite Television on the Prospects for Democracy in the Arab World

S. Abdallah Schleifer

Has Arab satellite television had a positive impact on the prospects for democracy in the Arab world? Yes, and in more ways than one might imagine. News in the Arab World Before the Age of Satellite TV... view more

Shouldn’t there be a war on poverty?

Abu Ismael al-Beirawi

Lining up patiently together with old ladies, foul mouthed youths and people reeking of alcohol, a highly qualified engineer waits his turn in the queue to collect his ‘dole’ otherwise known as ‘job seekers allowance’. This scene is not uncommon in the Western world where graduates and professionals from all manner of fields find themselves without work and struggling to make ends meet. For some professionals the handout from the dole office every Wednesday morning is what barely keeps them aflo... view more

Shari‘ah Implementation in South Sulawesi: An Analysis of the KPPSI Movement

Wahyuddin Halim

Introduction The aspiration for formal implementation of Shari‘ah in Indonesia is by no means a new issue. In fact, such an attempt has a deep-rooted history, since the time of Indonesian Muslim kingdoms. Anthony Reid has indicated that as early as the seventeenth century, strict Islamic law has in part been applied in Banten (West java) and Aceh; for example, thieves were punished with amputations.[1] Obviously,... 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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