number-4-winter-2009

Shaykh Muhammad Jawad Mughniyyah: A Contemporary Jurisprudent

This biographical essay surveys the life of Shaykh Muhammad Jawad Mughniyyah and his thoughts on various key issues including the importance of unity, the need for reviewing the process of ijtihad and the task of enhancing the Islamic seminaries.

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Some Thoughts on the Road to Islamic Solidarity

In this paper the author calls for a return of mutual familiarity and acceptance of all Muslims within the ummah towards education, travel, the hajj and language. The article concludes with some political and economic recommendations to pave the way for Islamic solidarity.

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The Metaphysics of Interfaith Dialogue: Sufi Perspectives on the Universality of the Qur’anic Message

This comprehensive paper is a presentation of the key verses relating to the universality of the Quranic message from a particular point of view, that adopted by those most steeped in the spiritual and mystical tradition of Islam, the Sufis or the ‘urafa’.

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The Muslim Presence in America

This article looks at the community of Muslims in America from a demographic, historical, organizational and socio-economic point of view and concludes with a discussion on the socio-economic status of the Muslims residing in America.

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Fatwas about Unity: Contemporary ‘Ulama of the Islamic World

This article lists the verdicts and opinions of many prominent Sunni and Shia personalities regarding the madhahib (schools of thought) in Islam that affirm their validity and attest to their falling within the boundaries of Islam. The paper concludes with the views of these scholars regarding congregational prayers led by individuals of differing schools of thought.

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Islamic Welfare and Muslim Unity in the Path of Imam ‘Ali

The present article is the first part of a detailed study on the events of the period right after the demise of the noble Prophet (S) of Islam explaining the policies and principles that animated them from within, as well as expounding upon Imam ‘Ali’s (‘a) pivotal role with regards to them.

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Majma’ al-Bayan: Bridging Enclaves of Knowledge

The following article deals with Tabarsi’s Qur’anic exegesis, particularly the Majma’ al-Bayan, and his manner of tafsir which attempted to include, in a respectful way, the views of all the Islamic schools of thought. As the author mentions, this exegesis, was well-received by Al-Azhar scholars, and in particular by Shaykh Shaltut, who wrote a foreword to Tabarsi’s Majma’ praising its style and content. The author concludes by emphasizing the importance of respect and fairness in the mutual exchange of Islamic knowledge.

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Rendering a New Aesthetic: The Development of Islamic Art and Architecture

This article traces the development of Islamic art and architecture as seen in the early mosques of the seventh and eighth centuries. It concludes with a discussion on the relation between Islam and Europe, and the role of art in this relationship.

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Types of Unity in the Quran and Fundamental Causes of Disunity

Types of Unity in the Qur’an and Fundamental Causes of Disunity Ustadh Muhammad Wa’idh Zadeh Khurasani, Director, World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought Translated by Salim S. Yusufali and Shaista K. Yusufali This article was translated from Himase-ye Ittihad, pages 51-59.

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