Views of contemporary Muslim thinkers

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

Sharia & Socio-Political Expectations

An extract from an essay by Professor Muhammad Rasekh, Professor of Public Law and Jurisprudence, Shahid-Beheshti University, Tehran,  ‘Sharia and Law in an age of Constitutionalism’. * * * Muslim societies have now embraced, largely, the ideas and institutions of … read more

A debate on Muslim revitalisation

Dr Soroush

An extract from drsoroush.com, ‘A distinct form of Islamic politics’ (April 2015) . . . The end of the Cold War saw large sociopolitical shifts that took place in the wake of Iran’s “Islamic” Revolution in 1979 and the collapse … read more

Islam as a discursive tradition

An extract from Professor Muhammad Qasim Zaman’s The Ulama in Contemporary Islam (2007):  . . . Talal Asad has underlined the relevance of the concept of tradition, as a “discursive tradition,” to the study of Islam. To Asad: A tradition consists … read more

Ali Paya: Belief Identity & Civil Society

An extract from The Shape of the Coming Global Civil Society . . . Islamic civilisation can be regarded as a geographically vast and historically old belief-ecosystem. Within the context of this belief-ecosystem one can discern many varied and diverse belief-systems. … read more

Conceiving a new national imagination

The recently published report of  the Commission on Religion in British Public Life (CORAB) calls for greater recognition of Britain’s multi-faith society in institutions and public culture. Conceived and mainly funded by the Woolf Institute,  CORAB was a conscious effort to follow-up on … read more

‘The Present has washed away the Past’

Peter Frankopan, Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgQHJay7Kpo The lecture ‘Islam and the Silk Roads’ was organised by the Shia Ithna’ashari Community of Middlesex (SICM) and its … read more

What is truth?

Jim Al-Khalili (British Humanist Association) and Ziauddin Sardar (Muslim Institute) In conversation: “Back to the Enlightenment? Humanist & Muslim perspectives on the modern world”. Presented by the Muslim Institute, British Humanist Association and Conway Hall. London, 28 October 2015. click … read more