Previous Issue - September/October 2005

The Editor’s Desk

Calling for a Paradigm Shift

At the outskirt of Riyadh, en route to the airport, there lies a huge complex of fortress-like structures. This is the famous Imam University known for higher education in Islamics. The Imam University is not the only seat of learning specialising in Islamic education, or the Uloom Sharei as they call it. There is an equally famous university in Medina as also the famed Al-Azher Shareef in Cairo and a host of such institutions throughout the Muslim world devoted to Islamic learning.... view more

Leaders

London bombings, violence and Islam

Asghar Ali Engineer

Bombing in Central London in the morning of 7th July caused terrible loss of lives and injuries to several hundreds of people. Though stated by none it seems to be in retaliation for Blair Government’s participation along with the Bush Government in Afghan and Iraq war and havoc caused in these countries by the US-UK and allied forces. In these countries too large number of civilian lives were lost and thousands injured.... view more

Islam Needs New Interpreters

Rashid Shaz

The edict issued by Darul Uloom, Deoband, on the Imrana episode and its subsequent endorsement by Muslim Personal Law Board has proved beyond doubt that our religious institutions are not only unaware of contemporary realities, but that the luminaries at the helm of affairs in these institutions have no proper understanding of the Qur'an as well.... view more

Muslims and Anti-Semitism

Tariq Ramadan

The responsibility of the Muslims and the Jews in the West is tremendous: living together, both citizens of the same countries, they should raise their voices in the name of justice and mutual respect. In France, for example, one finds a unique situation; namely, the largest Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe living together. In America, we find the same situation with two important religious communities sharing the same citizenship.... view more

Insights

American Muslims and the Rising Tide of Exclusivism

Louay Safi

Muslim and Western societies have become increasingly polarized around religious affiliations, and radical voices and views are gradually becoming more dominant. The dangerous polarization and radicalization threaten world peace and could seriously undermine political freedom in the West, and complicates the efforts to enhance political freedom in Muslim societies. This trend is driven by the neoconservative in the Western societies and radical Islamic movements in Muslim countries.... view more

Acceptance of the Other: Liberal Interpretations of Islam and Judaism in Egypt and Israel

Shimon Shamir

Terrorism emerged as a formidable threat to civil societies at the turn of the millennium, casting a long shadow over present realities and prognoses of the years to come. Terrorism, of course, is not a new form of violence: in various embodiments and on behalf of diverse causes it has manifested itself throughout history. What makes the present wave of terrorism unprecedently fearsome is its linkage with modern technologies and the instruments of globalization. Terrorists nowadays can spread th... view more

Why Nietzsche Helps to Understanding the Suicide Bombers

Dr. Navid Kermani

The attack on the World Trade Center has been widely assumed to be a distinctly Islamic act of self-sacrifice. But do such acts of martyrdom really spring from Islamic tradition, or are they, rather, extreme expressions of modernity, of the culture we all increasingly share? To answer this question, it is necessary to examine the roots of the self-sacrificial idea both in Islamic and in Western thought.... view more

Raising Awareness Toward Reforming Islamic Programs on Arab Gulf Satellite Services

Ali Al-Hail

INTRODUCTION Population of Gulf Cooperation Council states (G.C.C.), including non-nationals is reported to reach nearly 25 million. Almost 40% of this figure (round about 10 million) are Gulf citizens which means that non-nationals outnumber nationals by roughly 3-1 (Gulf Council Cooperation’s report, 2004). Approximately, 60% of Gulf Citizens’ ages are between 15 – 40 which means that the Gulf is classified as a young television targeted region.... 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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