Views of contemporary Muslim thinkers

The Rise & Decline of Pax Americana

In the second part of  ‘The history of Capitalism – a personal view’, Muhammad Nauman Khan explores the emergence of the USA’s “uni-polarity” and the eventual disappointing outcome of the ‘American dream’, adding

There is an erosion of US economic and political power, and a shift towards China is already palpable. In the Middle East, the US is winding down two disastrous and unsuccessful wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and finds its influence threatened by the Arab awakening. Europe’s leaders are appealing Beijing, rather than Washington, for emergency financial assistance. In Africa, a continent is being transformed by Chinese investments.

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Deconstructing ‘Radicalisation’

Extracts from an interview with Assistant Professor Nadia Fadil of KU Leuven, Belgium: Radicalisation is a contested notion, due to its exclusive focus on Islam. Yet, radical thinking in itself is not necessarily problematic or undesirable. For example, the early … read more

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Silicon Valley Delusion: a Ghanian case study

An essay by Jeff Kunzler, reproduced from and scanned here from Third World Resurgence No. 312/313 : As a freelance graphic designer living and working in New York City, I’ve seen more than my fair share of nonsensical startups: The … read more

Neuroscience and Geopolitics

Extracts from an essay by Professor Nayef al-Rodhan in Neuroscience has emerged as a new form of philosophy in recent years, with implications far beyond healthcare. At a time of divisive and turbulent politics, the study of the way … read more

Pope Francis & Francis of Assisi

Paul Vallely in When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the bishop of Rome in 2013, he took the name Francis. He was the first man to do so in the two-thousand-year history of the papacy. He was the first, … read more

Revitalising Waqfs

Shinsuke Nagaoka is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of African and Asian Studies, University of Kyoto, specialising in Islamic Economics,  motivated by a desire to rediscover “a distinctive feature of the economic concept of Islam . . . When we … read more