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by: Prof. Dr. Christian W. Troll 2010-1-24
It seems sensible to start by shedding light on the background context and then to define the broader framework within which the “progressive thinking” in contemporary Islam which we want to discuss is embedded...

Islam was sent as mercy to humanity and not as an ideology of terror or hatred. It advocates plurality and moral equality of all faiths (Quran 2:62, 5:69). To use Islam, as a justification to declare an Armageddon against all non-Muslims is inherently un-Islamic – it is a despicable distortion of a faith of peace. One of Allah’s 99 names in the Quran is “Al Salam” which means Peace...

by: Sadiq Al-Azm 2010-1-24
Without denying that Islam as a faith and a world-historical religion continues to retain a pointed political charge and a fighting edge in the contemporary world, it is very important to recognise that political Islam is not all Islam and that violent jihadi Islam is not all political Islam. It is no less important to point out that, contrary to first impressions, the stakes have been very high in the fierce struggle over the definition and control of the meaning of Islam...

The Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, winner of our intellectuals poll, is the modern face of the Sufi Ottoman tradition. At home with globalisation and PR, and fascinated by science, he also influences Turkish politics through links to the ruling AK party...

The Gallup Organization has conducted a study of Muslim-Americans that reveals “Muslims in America have a much more positive outlook on life than their counterparts in most predominantly Muslim countries and some other Western societies” and that “Muslim-Americans to be racially and ideologically diverse, extremely religious, and younger and more highly educated than the typical American.”..

by: by`Abdul `Aziz Al-Shinnawy 2009-11-2
When the Prophet ~ made a treaty with the Quraish in the year of Hudaibiyah which was 6 A.H., the agreement was based on a period of truce...

Middle Eastern history is a vast field that no single work can realistically aspire to cover in all its periods, themes, and major events. Bearing in mind that this area is credited with introducing for the first time in human culture a huge number of inventions, instruments, tools and methods of organization, deemed necessary for launching enduring forms of civilization, all historical investigation ought ideally to revisit the earliest glimmerings of the dawn of history itself...

by: Ibrahim Bisharat 2009-10-7

by: James Piscatori 2009-9-27
Those who argue that Islam and democracy are antithetical build their analysis on the supposed uniqueness of Muslim societies – they are not like other societies or, perhaps more to the point, not like Western societies – and on what Leonard Binder has called “the cluster of absences.”..

by: Efraim Karsh 2009-9-27
Since the formation of the contemporary Middle East in the wake of World War I, its political life has been bedevilled by the doctrine of “Arab Nationalism,” which postulates the existence of “a single [Arab] nation bound by the common ties of language, religion and history… behind the facade of a multiplicity of sovereign states...

by: James Petras 2009-9-27
“Once again James Petras takes us on a fearless truth trip—with lucid style, tough factual blows, commanding research, and compelling analysis. This is an eye-opening, must-read book for every advocate of democracy.”..

by: John J. Mearsheimer ,Stephen M. Walt John 2009-9-27
U.S. foreign policy shapes events in every corner of the globe. Nowhere is this truer than in the Middle East, a region of recurring instability and enormous strategic importance...

This book is based on the quantitative, multivariate analysis of the World Values Survey data from more than 80 countries around the globe on the political and social values of the world’s Muslim communities by international comparison...

The Arab public has a very good understanding of the concept of reform and a desire to see reform measures implemented in various different areas...