Muslim Madonna, What Will it Be?
Mar 27, 2006
Sexy Muslim pop star Deeyah says she has received death threats over her
music. Her latest music speaks about women's freedom, in What Will
it Be? Watch CNN's David Mattingly video report on the blacklash. [ Visit Website ]
Toward a New Muslim Moment?
Oct 20, 2004
With a savvy Web site, regular social gatherings in New York City, and intellectual publishing contacts, a new group seeks to shake up Islam's status
quo. They call themselves the Progresive Muslim Union. They are a radical
departure from both liberal Islam and Islamic fundamentalism. They talk about
social justice and the God-given dignity of human beings everywhere, even beyond
the House of Islam. For more see PMU's
website, or this .pdf overview by Omid Safi. [ Visit Website ]
Mainstreaming Islamic Education
Jan 16, 2006
Dr. Azyumardi Azra, Rector of the National Islamic University, in Jakarta Indonesia has written numerous books on reforming Islam in the Southeast Asian context. He is a leading advocate of mainstreaming Islamic education by helping madrasahs, or private religious Islamic schools both deepen and broaden their training of youth at the elementary, junior and senior high school levels. This approach contrasts with those working to secularize Islamic education, and could raise up leaders to counter jihad, intolerance and religious theocracy. [ Visit Website ]
Islam and the West: Toward Common Ground
Oct 15, 2001
Mohammed Said Farsi claims Islam and the West can only find wisdom by becoming students. The fate of this threatened world depends on our ability to listen and to learn.
The case for Islamo-Christian civilization
Oct 19, 2005
A blogger at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa reviews Richard Bulliet 2004 book, The case for Islamo-Christian civilization. Challenging Huntington's Clash of Civilizations, Bulliet envisions the possibilities that Islamic and Christian civilizations can grow together, not apart. [ Visit Website ]
Five Futures for Muslims
Oct 1, 2005
Sohail Inayatullah explores alternative futures for Muslims in this 2004 essay, from a return to its historical memory of grandeur, to further divisions through Islamic sectarianism, to linear modernization in line with the secular world, to pendulum shifts--a decline and the other rise of the Islam and the West, to a fifth, virtuous spiral that imagines not only an alternative modernity for the Islamic world, but an alternative global future of Islam becoming part of a pluralistic planetary ethic of ecology, gender partnership and global governance. [ Visit Website ]
Sardar on London Bombings
Jul 11, 2005
Instead of worrying about a backlash to the London bombings, leading futurist Zia Sardar admonishes the Islamic community now to ask: what are the Muslims going to do to fight terrorism? Yet Sardar, a Pakistani, who has lived in London since 1961, sees it as a two-way street for Britain. "Can you on the one hand talk peace negotiations in Palestine (which have not occurred) while on the other participating in a real [Iraq] war in the name of defeating terror that is creating new terrorists?" He claims Britain must realign its foreign and domestic policy and purposely move toward the future. Source: Independent, Sunday, July 10, 2005, Attack on
The Fracturing Iranian Theocracy
Jun 9, 2005
A new trend appears to be developing; a growing majority of young, secular students are rejecting "Islamic democracy" in favor of Western-influenced liberal democracy. Dissatisfied with the current theocratic regime, these students are at the forefront of fundamental shifts now underway in Iranian society.
Future Islam Magazine Launched
June 1, 2005
Dr. Rashid Shaz, author of Understanding the Muslim Malaise, has been at the forefront of working for a regeneration in Islamic thought among Indian Muslims. In 2004, he founded Future Islam as a multi-lingual magazine to inquire how Muslims can emerge from their 'ghetto-mind' and find a Quranic basis of a global agenda. FutureIslam.com is open to all those who submit to God from a religious tradition who wish to join the transnational debate within the House of Islam. Check out the current and back issues at FutureIslam. [ Visit Website ]
Tariq Ramadan: An Islamic "Martin Luther"?
Apr 30, 2005
Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important thinkers of the 21st century, Tariq Ramadan occupies a unique place among leading Islamic thinkers. Representing a new generation of Islamic reformers, the Swiss scholar calls on Western Muslims to embrace Western culture rather than reject it. [ Visit Website ]