Previous Issue - January/March 2008

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Where is Enlightenment?

For the last three centuries the West has been living with an illusion of Enlightenment. Writing in 1784, when Sapere Aude! appeared to many as the most fashionable motto to celebrate reason triumphant, Kant was well aware that his was an Age of Enlightenment and not an ‘Enlightened Age’. Enthused with the general optimism of the time as he was, he saw – in the alluring freedom under Frederick, obstacles to Enlightenment ‘gradually diminishing’, shekels of ‘self-imposed immaturity’ finally being... view more


Why Israel should start negotiating with Hamas

Yvonne Ridley

Home Why Israel should start negotiating with Hamas By Yvonne Ridley I recently addressed a debate at Durham University in which the question of: ‘Should Israel talk to Hamas’ was the main platform for the discussion. It was a great evening – regardless of the outcome – not least of all because it was a great exercise in that excellent British tradition of free speech. Days before I headed to my favourite English city I spoke to someone from Hamas and told them about the debate. ... view more


Benjamin J. Hubbard

By Benjamin J. Hubbard Once again the reputation of a great religion, Islam, has been besmirched by a gang of zealots. This time the fanatics were Sudanese more concerned about an innocent mistake by a dedicated teacher than by the rape, murder and ethnic displacement of their own countrymen in the Darfur region.... view more


Asghar Ali Engineer

Western pattern of democracy was evolved in mono-religious societies. Almost all European countries had mainly Christianity as the sole religion with sprinkling of Jews living in ghettoes having no franchise. Thus there were no challenges of living in multi-religious society. In India too, multi-religious society was not a problem for centuries and Indian society never saw any inter-religious tensions, let alone violence.... view more



Ismail Bardhi

“Humanity needs three things today – a spiritual interpretation of the universe, spiritual emancipation of the individual, and basic principiles of a universal import directing the evolution of human society on a spiritual basis. Modern Europe has, no doubit, built idealistic systems on these lines, but experience shows that truth revealed through pure reason is incapable of bringing that fire of living conviction which personal revelation alone can bring. This is the reason why pure thought h... view more

THE ISSUE OF GOD :Does God Exist?

Furrukh B Ali

For humans, the relationship with God commenced when they began to personify as gods and goddesses the powerful, awe-inspiring forces of nature that surrounded them, sometimes benign, often threatening, always mysterious. There followed a long and diverse succession of tribal deities, divine rulers, the Greek Olympians and their many offshoots. Finally, there appeared the one God of the monotheistic religions, who gradually displaced the others among a large portion of humanity.... view more

From Kant to John Lennon: a Christmas Story War is Over! (If Only We Really Wanted It)


Thanks to a recent viewing of the film, The U.S. vs John Lennon, the simple message in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's campaign for peace at Christmas 1969-later turned into the song Happy Xmas (War is Over)-keeps playing over and over again in my mind. At Christmas in 1969 over 47,000 American soldiers had already perished in Vietnam, and over 10,000 more would die before the war was really over. Yet in seven different languages in eleven different cities around the world, Lennon and Ono had posted ... view more

Islam And Human Rights The Right to Equality

Iqbal A. Ansari

It is universally accepted that Islam accords equality of status and rights to all human persons, irrespective of their origin or affiliation. The dignity that God has bestowed on humans as claimed in the Quran is general, not confined to male members of the Muslim Ummah. Quran’s emphasis on Adam and Eve being the common progenitor of all mankind, binds peoples of all races, tribes and communities and nationalities together in fraternal relations.... view more


Prof. Mohammed Rafi

The Deen of Al-Islam is a unique way of life and a distinctive social order. All activities, private and public, are assumed to be organized within the framework of moral principles and values revealed in the Qur’an and manifested in the life of the prophet (SAS). This system of principles and values is uniform and universal. However, its efficacy very much depends on the efficiency of goal-oriented institutes.... 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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