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Navigating through four types of Malay Muslims in Malaysia

January 25, 2022

Prof Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi || 25th January 2022   A few months after PH’s historic win in GE14, I wrote about how Islam will be the new battleground in Malaysia. All the issues of Malay supremacy will pale […]

Turkey should avoid return to ‘assertive secularism’ after Erdoğan

November 22, 2021

Ahmet Kuru || 22 Nov 2021   Ahmet Kuru, a political science professor at San Diego State University, has long established himself as one of the leading scholars of secularism and Islam. His landmark 2009 book, Secularism and State Policies toward […]

The Jammu and Kashmir Tragedy: Failure of Indian Secularism

November 12, 2021

Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid | 12nd November 2021 For political philosophers, the term ‘social contract’ will be familiar as the title of a book published in 1762 by Jean Jacques Rousseau. Whether effected in the real or hypothetical realm, as […]

Dismantling the “ulema-state” is crucial for the future of Muslim-majority countries

October 13, 2021

Ahmet T. Kuru | 11st October 2021 In September 2021, the Turkish House was opened in New York with a high-level state ceremony that included President Tayyip Erdogan. The ceremony began with a prayer recited by Turkey’s chief Islamic cleric […]

HUMILIATING DEFEAT IN AFGHANISTAN

August 28, 2021

Chandra Muzaffar | 28th August 2021 The mainstream Western media is full of news these days about people fleeing Kabul in the wake of the Taliban victory. Dramatic pictures of young and old scrambling to get on to jam-packed aeroplanes […]

Tunisian Coup: What we can learn from history

July 31, 2021

Osman Softić || 31 July 2021 Tunisian President Kais Saied (Su’ajjed) dissolved parliament on July 25th, removing the prime minister temporarily by decree. Encouraged by military and security officials, Sayed also lifted parliamentary immunity for democratically elected lawmakers, threatening to […]

Muhammad Abduh and His Epistemology of Reform: Its Impact on Rashid Rida – Part III

July 9, 2021

Ahmad Nabil Amir || 9 July 2021   Discussion Abduh largely concentrated his reformist work on educational reform, and his far-reaching achievement had significantly impacted Rida’s advocacy of educational reform extensively in al-Manar. A serious undertaking in the form unprecedented […]

Islam and Institutional Religious Freedom

July 7, 2021

Ahmet T. Kuru || 7 July 2021   In July 2019, Pew Research Center published a report on religious restrictions around the world. Although Muslim-majority countries constitute only about a quarter of all cases examined in the report, they constitute […]

Muhammad Abduh and His Epistemology of Reform: Its Impact on Rashid Rida – Part II

July 5, 2021

Ahmad Nabil Amir || 5 July 2021 The Tarikh Kitab Tarikh al-Ustadh al-Imam Muhammad Abduh is the foundational work of Rida; it documents Abduh’s compelling intellectual history and delves into the major sources on his life and career in Egypt. […]

Muhammad Abduh and His Epistemology of Reform: Its Impact on Rashid Rida – Part I

July 3, 2021

Ahmad Nabil Amir || 3 July 2021   Introduction Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905) had a monumental influence on Muhammad Rashid Rida (1865-1935). In fact, Abduh’s tremendous impact is partly due to the diligent efforts of Rida who promulgated his ideas to […]

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