PERCEPTIONS OF ISLAM IN EUROPEAN WRITINGS is part of the wider study of Islam and the West: a history of European, mainly French and English, intellectual responses to Islam from the seventeenth century onwards. It focuses on the nineteenth century. Studies on Islam and the West have so far tended to be dominated by nonMuslim writers. This study, therefore, attempts to put forward a scholarly, Muslim, point of view, on a subject which has acquired increasing importance in our time. Relying on primary European and Islamic source materials, it remains firmly committed to the notion of fidelity to European thought. It paves the way to a constructive dialogue between equals, Islam and the West.
AHMAD GUNNY first joined the Civil Service in Mauritius. Posted to London, he served at the Mauritius High Commission as Second Secretary and later became First Secretary. Educated at Leeds, Oxford and London Universities, he was awarded a Ph.D in French, London. For many years he taught French at Liverpool University, becoming Reader there before being elected Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. In Oxford he gives Seminars on Islam and the West at Colleges of the University, OCIS and Maison Francaise. Among his works are: Voltaire and English Literature (Oxford, 1979), Images of Islam in Eighteenth-Century Writings (London, 1996) and critical editions of Voltaire texts, including De l'Alcoran et de Mahomet, in Complete Works (Oxford, 2002).
THE ISLAMIC FOUNDATION is an educ...read more
Towards Understanding the Qura'an Part 30 Surah 78 - 114 English version of Tafhim al-Qur'an Sayyid Abdul A'la Mawdudi
This English rendering of "Tafhim al-Qur'an" aims to answer contemporary questions and make the Qur'an relevant to the concerns of the day. Each "surah" is prefaced by an account of the backgrounds and teachings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The problem is further complicated when our enemies operate in such a covert manner that we are unaware of their tactics and plan of attack. Such is the state of our daily confrontations with our greatest enemies: Shaytan (the devil) and our nafs (carnal desires).
The War Within Our Hearts was written with the purpose of showing Muslim youth in the West that they are not alone in the problems they are facing today. As integration and assimilation to society is increasing within the Muslim community, youth are battling a variety of enemies that were not faced by their parents. By recognizing that these problems are not unique to an individual but are common place for Muslim youth today, this book will address certain issues which would have otherwise been avoided. Although this book does not necessarily provide answers to all issues, the goal of this book is to provide a platform for us to begin dialogue on these issues in order to get closer to our Creator.
This is the first book in Forensic Psychiatry that focuses on the application of psychiatry to legal issues connected with Islamic jurisprudence. Holding a unique position amongst the world s religions in its containment of every aspect of human existence, it is openly natural for Islam to govern both the spiritual and legislative aspects of life. This work will appeal to both the general as well as the academic reader drawing important and wide-ranging conclusions relevant for many individuals and societies in the Islamic world.
In this work, Al-Ghazali goes beyond the most obvious aspects of ibadah (like prayer, almsgiving, fasting, pilgrimage, etc). These selections from his `Ihya `Ulum al-Din explain, in his characteristically powerful and inspiring way, how to reap the rich harvests of spiritual, moral and social upliftment that must be their reward. It is an especially important book for young men and women of today who are seeking God's pleasure - a lifestyle impossible to maintain without an understanding of the inner resources which Islam offers.AL-GHAZALI, Abu Hamid Muhammad (450/1058-505/1111), a towering figure in Islam, was born at Tus, near Mashhad in Iran, in the early Seljuq era and studied theology and law at Nayshapur. His formidable intellectual abilities soon won him honour and respect at the Court of the famous Seljuqi Prime Minister, Naizam al-Mulk, and, while still in his early thirties, he became Professor at Madrasa Nizamiyya in Baghdad and attained great prominence there. But soon he abandoned his professorship for a decade of contemplation and studies. He returned for a while to lecture at the Nizamiyya in Nayshapur before his death. He wrote a large number of works which include Al-Munqidh min al-Dalal (a biographical account), Tahafut al-Falasifa; but his magnum opus remains the Ihya"Ulum al-Din in four volumes, compiled during his period of retirement and contemplation.
INNER DIMENSIONS OF ISLAMIC WORSHIP consists of selections from Al-Ghazali's Ihya', translated into En...read more
TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING THE QUR'AN is a fresh and highly readable English rendering of Tafhim al-Qur'an, Sayyid Mawdudi's monumental and masterly Urdu translation and commentary. Here is a Tafsir with a difference, by a scholar of an entirely different sort. An immense wealth of profound understanding of the Qur'an is here, so is a vast treasure of knowledge and deep insights, illuminating historical accounts and philological discussions, and a highly systematic exposition of social, political, economic and legal teachings. But what makes this Tafsir unique is that it translates the Qur'an into a book to be lived by, a mission to be lived for, and a duty that a reader can no longer evade or postpone. This rare quality is imparted not only by the depth of his scholarship and style of exposition, but also because Sayyid Mawdudi lived by what he expounded, as his life abundantly proves. This Tafsir answers contemporary questions, and makes the Qur'an fully relevant to the concerns of our day, yet it loses nothing of its timelessness nor sacrifices any of the traditional understanding. It demonstrates the unity and coherence of the Qur'an by centreing everything in it on its message, like gems hung on a single string. Each Sarah is prefaced by an account of its background and teachings: Maps and indexes add greatly to the understanding. To sum up: in this Tafsir, Sayyid Mawdudi is offering us what we need most to understand and live by the Qur'an.
ZAFAR ISHAQ ANSARI, Director Gen...read more
The work presents 41 Quranic themes with definitions and benefits. Provides references from around one third of the Quran, beautifully illustrated in full colour.
Translated by Aisha Abdarrahman Bewley
Of the multitude of histories and and biographies of Medieval Islam there is no book more instinct with life than that of Ibn Battuta. This book provides a descriptive account of Muslim society in the second quarter of the 14th century.
Presents a thoroughly researched and systematic exposition on the institution of the Bayt al-Mal in early Islam and the role of the state in the economic field.
The Islamic Art and Architecture
Critically examining the western, secular approach to formal education the author contests the value of an education system focusing solely on the intellectual and physical aspects of human development. The methodological aim and structure of this approach are compared to those of Islam which Dr Al Zeera notes gives credence to the importance of spiritual and religious factors, as well as scholarly ones, with the overall objective of forming a whole and holy human being who, instead of resisting the paradoxes of life, uses their interrelatedness as a means of personal and societal development. One interesting factor examined within the broader framework of the study is the area of female spirituality, an element, which the author argues, is vastly under-represented in prevalent Islamic literature.
This study is a holistic view of knowledge and a sociological discussion adopting an unconventional approach of using the author’s own personal experiences as the basis for debate and analysis. We are invited to enter the world of understanding and observation to experience for ourselves an unusual approach to dialectical thinking.
DR ZAFAR ISHAQ ANSARI, Director General, Institute of Islamic research, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, was born and completed his early education in undivided India. He obtained his M.A. in Economics from the University of Karachi, and later his M.A. and Ph.D. from McGill University, in Islamic Studies, with specialization in Islamic History and Islamic Jurisprudence. Prior to his assignment in Islamabad, he has been associated with the University of Karachi; King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah; King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran; Princeton University; University of Chicago; Melbourne University and McGill University in connection with teaching and research. He has contributed a host of research papers to journals of international fame and articles to Encyclopaedia Britannica and Encyclopaedia of Religion. He also co-edited with K. Ahmad, Islamic Perspectives: Studies in Honour of Sayyid Abul A'la Mawdudi (Leicester, Islamic Foundation, 1979).
TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING THE QUR'AN is a fresh and highly readable English rendering of Tafhim al-Quran, Sayyid Mawdudi's monumental and masterly Urdu translation and commentary. Here is a Tafsir with a difference, by a scholar of an entirely different sort. An immense wealth of profound understanding of the Qur'an is here, so is a vast treasure of knowledge and deep insights, illuminating historical accounts and philological discussions, and a highly systematic exposition of social, political, ...read more
Four Key concepts oF the Qur'An elucidates these basic Qur'anic concepts Ilah, Rabb, Ibadah and Din in order to bring out fully the Islamic way of life, as distinct from other perspectives. This elaboration goes a long way in developing a sound understanding of the Qur'an. It also explains the man-God relationship in Islam, guiding Muslims on how to lead their lives in total surrender to Allah.
Knowledge and the Sacred
Since 1888 the Gifford Lectureship has provided many of the world's most distinguished and original thinkers (scientists as well as philosophers and theologians) with a public platform to express their views on `the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term-in other words, the knowledge of God.' Gifford Lecturers at Edinburgh have included lames, Bergson, Frazer, Eddington, Niebuhr and Bultmann.
The 1981 lecturer, Seyyed Hossein Nast, is the leading scholarly interpreter of Sufism, that manifestation of the Islamic faith that shares with Christian mysticism a common debt to Neoplatonism, and whose goal is spiritual union with God.
Dr. Nasr directs his lectures precisely to Adam Gifford's original remit- `the knowledge of God'. He asserts the intellectual and spiritual impoverishment of Western contemporary culture, and attributes this to the eclipse of the Sacred content of knowledge, brought about by its total secularisation.
Modern man's reduction of knowledge to what conforms to logic and to reason is contrasted, both with the medieval distinction between ratio and the higher plane of intellectus, and with related concepts in the traditions of Christianity and Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. But since the West, he believes, has allowed its springs of Sacred Knowledge to dry up. It is to the traditions of the Orient that Western man must turn, and is turning, for enlightenment.
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ISLAM AND THE WORLD, originally written in Arabic, examines the role Islam played in history and its impact on human progress and the loss that humanity suffered by its decline. It counters the prevailing attitude that Islam is a spent force, that it has outlived its usefulness. The author persuasively argues for the
eternal reality of Islam and that it is a programme of life which is always dynamic and can never grow obsolete.
This thought-provoking tour de force throws new light on the motives, opportunities and impact of the Islamic and other civilisations, on the material welfare and spiritual progress of humanity.
SAYYED ABUL HASAN `ALI NADWI (1914-99), a leading Muslim scholar of the twentieth century, hailed from a family that has produced such illustrious figures as Sayyed Ahmad Shahid (1786-1831). He was Rector of Nadwatul `Ulama; Chairman, Managing Committee, Därul Musannifin (Shibli Academy), Azamgarh, India. He has authored numerous works; many have been translated into English: among them are Hadith: Status and Role; Ibn Taimiyah: Life and Achievements; Muslims: Beliefs, Customs and Traditions; Studying the Glorious Qur'an; Stories of the Prophets; Muhammad the Last Prophet; Stories from Islamic History, The Minaret Speaks, Starlight View of Islam's Past.
The hadiths, the sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, form a sacred literature which for Muslims ranks second in importance only to the Qur'an itself. As a source of law, ethics and doctrine, the immense corpus of hadiths continues to exercise a decisive influence. Islamic scholarship has thus devoted immense efforts to gathering and classifying the hadiths, and ensuring their authenticity, an undertaking which stands today as a highly original and impressive scholarly achievement.
The present book is the only introduction in English which presents all aspects of the subject. It explains the origin of the literature, the evolution of the isndd system, the troubled relationship between scholars and the state, the problem of falsification, and the gradual development of a systematic approach to the literature. An interesting appendix demonstrates that a high proportion of medieval badith scholars were women. In a second appendix, a brief account is given of the varied opinions held by Orientalist writers in this field.
This edition is a fully revised and updated version of the original, which was first published in 196-1 to considerable scholarly acclaim. The author, the late Muhammad Zubayr Siddigi, was Professor of Islamic Culture in the University of Calcutta, and author of a number of other studies, including Studies in Arabic & Persian Medical Literature (1959)
`A well-informed and commendable thesis . . . a valuable contribution to Hadith scholars...read more
The Vision of Islam
Exploring the fundamental religious beliefs held by Muslims for nearly 1400 years, The Vision of islam covers the four dimensions of Islam as outlined in the Hadith of Gabriel: practice, faith, spirituality, and the Islamic view of history. Interweaving teachings from the Qur'an, the sayings of the Prophet, and the great authorities of the tradition, the authors introduce the essentials of each diniension, then go on to describe how each has been manifest in Islamic institutions through the course of history.
The book tries to pry open the door to the Islamic universe and to the Muslim understanding of reality. It successfully finds Islam's vision of itself within the Islamic intellectual tradition in general and the Sufi tradition in particular.
FROM THE BOOK: "This work is one of the most successful introductions to Islam for a Western audience. The authors present a comprehensive study, which, beginning from within the precinct of the revealed truths of the faith, expands in ever widening circles to embrace the whole vision of Islam." Seyyed Hossein Nam-, George Washington University "This is a book that every introductory Course on Nam should attempt to incorporate into its basic reading. It describes and elucidates extremely well the integrity and coherence of Muslim faith and piety and how they relate to practice and culture. This interpretive introduction to Muslim faith and tradition has long been needed."
William ,1. Graham, Centre for Middl...read more
The All New Al-Mawrid al-Hadeeth 2009. A Modern English - Arabic Dictionary.
The modern English-Arabic dictionary of 2009. This practical dictionary follows the chronological and historical order that organizes the meaning with the origin of the word. Rich with examples that enables the researcher to build a complete idea about the target word.
It incorporates many new features, including:
Material is expanded to contain more entities, meanings and definitions; the linguistics terms cover 1400 entries, not including the index
Includes up to date material and concepts that developed recently, specifically those related to electronics, communication and computer science fields
Includes new concepts that are constantly emerging, specifically those related to the linguistic field
Follows the chronological and historical order, organizing meanings alongside word origins
Material branches into multiple entries in order to distinguish between meanings and their original derivations
Each word is related to a specific concept, to help clarify appropriate meaning and usage
Multiple examples given to enrich content; this includes main definitions and each sub-definition
Words are divided into syllables in the same way basic English dictionaries are
1429 Pages, along with a 90 page Biographical Names section in colour.
Author: Munir Baalbaki / Dr. Ramzi Munir Baalbaki
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