Views of contemporary Muslim thinkers

Silicon Valley Delusion: a Ghanian case study

An essay by Jeff Kunzler, reproduced from alterNet.org 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 weforum.org: 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 thecairoreview.com 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

Towards a cogent vision of Islamic governance

S Parvez Manzoor’s seminal essay, ‘Islamic Legitmacy without the testimony of the Muslim will?’ written around 2004 pinpointed  a central contradiction within the political programme of the traditional 40s and 50s-shaped ‘Islamic  movements’: if it was ideologically necessary to state that ‘sovereignty belongs to … read more

Why was Finance de-Islamicised in the 19 Century?

An investigation by Timur Kuran, Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, and Jared Rubin, Associate Professor at Chapman University,   of 17th and 18th Century Ottoman finances:  . . . The rich pay less for credit because they are relatively unlikely … read more

On the Marrakesh Declaration

Michael Mumisa

Sheikh Michael Mumisa in the blog  of the Centre of Islamic Studies,  SOAS, University, ‘In January this year (2016), the “Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities” was launched in Morocco amid much fanfare. … read more