Islam and the Secular State – Negotiating the Future of Shari`a (OISC)
Breeding Bin Ladens – America, Islam, and the Future of Europe
God?s Crucible – Islam and the Making of Europe – 570–1215
Drawing from research conducted in Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda, Christianity, Islam, and Liberal Democracy offers a deeper understanding on how Christian and Islamic faith communities affect the political attitudes of those who belong to them.
This book is a powerful reading of Islamic history, and a provocative assessment of its consequences for the present. The book specifically treats, among others, the Arabs before Islam and early Islam. It interrogates the claims of those Islamists who contended that Islam carries with it a theory of political policies and the state which should be applied unquestioningly. In addition, special attention was given to the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a newly caliphate state by the terrorist group.
Though many ancient religions initially affirmed the monotheistic concept of God, it is unfortunately true that this concept of unity did not get perfection in those religions due to their polytheistic practices. Thus, monotheism was replaced by polytheism at maximum religious beliefs and practices in the course of time. However, of Abrahamic religions both Judaism and Islam strictly maintain monotheism by their uncompromised and unqualified concept of the unity of God. As far as monotheism is concerned, though there is apparently no difference between these two faiths, but internally there are some subtle differences. In spite of it, the monotheistic concept is the most common point of all similarities prevailed in both traditions which can surely pave the way to build up a close and harmonious relationship between Jews and Muslims which is at present more essential than ever before.
Islam and the Continuing Rise of Islamophobia from September 11, 2001 to the death of Osama Bin Laden; from the banning of the niqab to the burning the Qur’an; from prohibitions on the wearing of religious symbols to talk of banning religious practices in public spaces; and, from Islamic political parties to the Arab Spring of 2011, the topic of Islam and the rise of Islamophobia continues to be relevant.Given the change in events and its continued dominance, this book covers this theme from a variety of viewpoints and topics.
This book is about the tension between conservative and progressive groups within a modern Indonesian Islamic movement, Muhammadiyah. Although it has long been known for its promotion of ‘rational'', open and contextual understandings of Islam, during the past decade, it has been seen as becoming more conservative. This growing conservatism has galvanised progressive-minded Muhammadiyah members to push more boldly for the adoption of new and innovative Islamic thought. Unavoidably, the clash between those two groups cannot be avoided. This book shows that the conservative and progressive contestation has moved from having an open doctrinal and intellectual character to being increasingly hegemonic on the part of anti-liberal forces and punitive for progressive activists. Hence, progressives find themselves marginalised within and repressed by the organisation''s conservative-dominated power structures. Interestingly, conservatives have a greater ability to attract a wider Muhammadiyah audience compared to the progressives. Conversely, progressives lack a popular basis and this has made them vulnerable within Muhammadiyah context.
Terrorism is today one of the most serious and visible threats to security of mankind and all efforts of the United Nations (UN) to curb the threat has been anything but successful. Since September 11, 2001 terrorists attack on the United States (US), the United Nations adopted strong measures aimed at reducing the activities of terrorists. However, from 2001 till date, several major terrorists attacks in some parts of the world, has been carried out successfully. This book examines the phenomenon of terrorism and the roles of the United Nations and its agencies in the global war on terrorism.
Religious extremism and terrorism are among the most dangerous and difficult to forecast the phenomena of our time, which are becoming more diverse forms and rampant. Terrorist attacks often produce mass casualties, involve the destruction of material and spiritual values, beyond the recovery times, sow hatred among nations, provoke war, mistrust and hatred between the social and national groups, which sometimes can not be overcome within a generation. Currently, the countries of Central Asia are a topical issue – the threat of terrorism and religious extremism, which grow not only in our area, but throughout the world. Of course, in each of the terrorist threat is assessed differently. In Kazakhstan the problem of terrorism should not be acutely.
God?s Crucible – Islam and the Making of Europe 570 – 1215