Previous Issue - November/December 2005

The Editor’s Desk

Islam vs. Islamism

Islam vs. Islamism In the hey days of Islam when the last prophet of God lived amongst us it was highly unthinkable that anybody would claim to be an Islamist. To be a Muslim then was the ultimate in submission, the highest spiritual ladder that one can climb on. The great patriarch Abraham, the role model for all Muslims to come, was admiringly given only this name. Then, Islam was more of an attitude than an identity.... view more


The West has lost the battle of ideas against Muslims

Abid Mustafa

"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do." – Samuel P. Huntington... view more

On Violence And Muslims

Asghar Ali Engineer

Needless to say violence and Muslims have become inalienable concepts for media, particularly western media. However, this will not stand any scrutiny or critical inquiry. The media does not care to investigate things in depth. It adopts very superficial approach based on prejudices rather than facts. It is therefore very necessary to put things in proper perspective through critical inquiry.... view more


The American Muslim Creative Mission: Overcoming Religious Polarization

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

Engineering India: Religion, Nationalism and Technology

Peter van der Veer

Abstract Although it begins with a reference to relationship between western technology and “Islamic fundamentalism”, the article quickly moves to dealing with modernity (as modelled on Western pattern) and Hindu fundamentalism. In Nehru’s scheme for developing India, the education of science and technology (as mainly represented by engineering) was very vital. As a result, India despite being poor,... view more

Remaking multiculturalism after 7/7

Tariq Modood

Britain’s multicultural model is held responsible for the London bombs of July 2005. Rather, says Tariq Modood, it needs to be extended to a “politics of equal respect” that includes Britain’s Muslims in a new, shared sense of national belonging.... view more

The language of Islam and how Osama bin Laden betrays it

Dr. Navid Kermani

The Prophet Muhammad lived from 570 to 632. At the age of forty he had his first visions and, more importantly, his first auditory revelations. These continued until his death twenty-two years later. He recounted them to the people of Mecca and to the Arab people as a whole. What he conveyed to this audience is characterized as an "Arabic recitation", Qur'anan arabiyyan (the word Qur'an meaning "that to be recited"). In the early suras (chapters or sections) the word often occurs without an ar... view more

Globalization and the Cultural Life in the Islamic World

future islam

Every era has its own notions, concepts and terms; and every epoch of human history has its concerns, issues and preoccupations. As human thought develops, the words of civilization renew themselves, as their meanings evolve and branch out. Thus, new ideas emerge and elaborated theories head towards new directions, are cast in novel ways or assume new forms that adapt themselves to the contemporary era, reflect its nature and address its issues.... 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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