Beyond Polemics and Pluralism: The Universal Message of the Qur’an — Reza Shah-Kazemi

Reza Shah-Kazemi Biography Reza Shah-Kazemi studied International Relations and Politics at Sussex and Exeter Universities before obtaining his PhD in Comparative Religion from the University of Kent in 1994. He has authored several works, including most recently The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam (IIS/IB Tauris, 2012), Spiritual Quest: Reflections on Qur’anic Prayer according to the…

Noah’s Ark in Islamic Scripture — by Jehangir A. Merchant

The much talked and anticipated Hollywood movie “Noah” hit theatres last week amidst criticisms by many religious groups consisting of Muslims and Christians. Movie goers rated it from a high of “A” and “B” with some demoting it to a “D”. A number of Muslim countries including Indonesia and some Arab States even banned the…

Der Islam als vitale Wissenskultur: Interview mit Angelika Neuwirth — Qantara de (In German language, click link below to read in English)

(English) Islam as a Culture of Knowledge: Interview with Angelika Neuwirth Die Behauptung, dem Islam fehle die Aufklärung, ist ein uraltes Klischee, meint die Berliner Arabistik-Professorin und Islamwissenschaftlerin Angelika Neuwirth. Der Stolz auf die Aufklärung verleite immer wieder dazu, die westliche Kultur der islamischen als überlegen darzustellen. Mit Neuwirth sprachen Anna Alvi und Alia Hübsch….

Institute of Ismaili Studies Qur’anic Studies Unit Hosts Lecture on Mulla Sadra

August 2012 The Qur’anic Studies Unit hosted an occasional lecture at the IIS by Prof. Mohammed Rustom of Carleton University based in Ottawa, Canada. The lecture, entitled Mulla Sadra on the Link Between Scripture and Idolatry, explored the creative manner in which the seventeenth-century Muslim philosopher-mystic Mulla Sadra Shirazi (d.1640 CE) tackles the problem of…

All American Muslims, and Christians – by Dr. Natana J. DeLong-Bas at CG News Service

20 December 2011 Boston, Massachusetts – Over the weekend, protestors gathered at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores, criticising the US retail chain’s recent decision to pull its advertisements from a show on the television station TLC, “All-American Muslim”. Lowe’s decision came following complaints by the Florida Family Association – a conservative evangelical Christian group that aims…

Post-graduate Programme on Islamic Theology: ”Muslim Theologians are Instigators of Change” – Qantara de article on training of state schoolteachers in Germany

Islamic theology is still a very new academic discipline at German universities. It is hoped that a new nationwide post-graduate programme will boost its development, lead to increased representation of Muslims in Germany, and lay the groundwork for the training of state schoolteachers of Islam. As Christoph Dreyer reports, expectations are high all round Serdar…

‘Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions’ – Speech of His Highness the Aga Khan (Video and Text)

  ***** ‘Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions’ An International Colloquium organised by The Institute of Ismaili Studies His Highness the Aga Khan The Ismaili Centre, London, October 19, 2003 Download PDF version of speech (31 KB) Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim Your Excellencies, Your Worship, Distinguished Scholars and Guests, Ladies…

When I die – Rumi, ghazal number 911 (via My Caravan of Dream)

When I die when my coffin is being taken out you must never think i am missing this world don’t shed any tears don’t lament or feel sorry i’m not falling into a monster’s abyss when you see my corpse is being carried don’t cry for my leaving i’m not leaving i’m arriving at eternal…