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
The work presents 41 Quranic themes with definitions and benefits. Provides references from around one third of the Quran, beautifully illustrated in full colour.
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
Translated by Aisha Abdarrahman Bewley
Ever since its revelation 1400 years ago, the Qur'an has been a book of guidance and inspiration, a reference point, and a rich source of social and moral dynamism for LA hundreds of millions of people throughout the world who believe it to be the immutable word of God. Hardly a generation passes without a fresh attempt to unravel the meanings of the Qur'an and gain deeper insight into its universal message within a contemporary perspective.
In the Shade of the Quran is more than `just another' commentary; yet it is not too over-reaching or outlandish to be a completely new interpretation. It is an earnest, sincere and sober look at man's contemporary achievements and difficulties in the light of the message of the Qur'an. It is an effort to vigorously explore its rich wisdom, and expand its invaluable guidance for the benefit of an increasingly `sophisticated', yet highly perplexed modern society. The work, which is by far Sayyid Qutb's largest and most profound, spans the whole of the text of the Qur'an. It was written, and partly re-written, over a period of more than 15 years, most of which the author had spent in Egyptian prisons, during the 1950's and 1960's. In it is embedded Sayyid Qutb's insight, highly esteemed intellectual vigour, and his widely-acclaimed literary prowess. In the Shade of the Qur'an has been universally recognised as an outstanding contribution to Islamic thought and scholarship, to which students and scholars, as well as contemporary Islamic rev...read more
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.
Vol. 1 - Contains Part 1 and 2
Shaykh Burhan uddin Ali (503-593 AH) who was born in Marghinan, a village fifteen farsakh from Samarqand in Farghanah, wrote the volumnious celebrated law treatise. The Hidayah, literally `the guidance'. In the words of the Dictionary of Islam, it is the hidayah fil furu' or 'guidance in particular points.' The book covers all subjects of Islam relevant to everyday life. The opinions of the jurisprudents and the imams are cited on all legal issues involving salah, zakah, charity, mutual dealings, marriage, divorce, dower, gifts, death, funeral, iddah, orphanage, fosterage, wills, bequests, inheritance, guardianship, waqf sales, partnership, huddud or punishments. The authorities cited include Imams Abu Hanifah, Shafi', Malik, Ibn Hanbal, Zafar, etc. Differing opinions are discussed in the light of the noble Prophet's ahadith and the rulings of the respected sahabah like Sayyidina Umar and Ali
The English translation of Charles Hamilton was published in four volumes in 1791 CE. This was reprinted now and then without any revision. We at Darul-Ishaat have now revised it and done away with the biased discourse. This difficult brain-racking and time-consuming task is accomplished by Mrs. Z. Bainter. The work will enable scholars and the common men to explore Islamic principles concerning every field of life and to develope ideas on how to apply them and to solve complex issues.
An alphabetical index of subjects on the pattern of a list of conte...read more
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
In The Shade Of The Qur'an has been universally recognized as an outstanding contribution to Islamic thought and scholarship, to which students and scholars, as well as contemporary Islamic revivalist movements all over the world, owe a great deal. Now that it is available in English, it will continue to enlighten and inspire millions more. It will take its rightful place as an indispensable work of reference for a proper understanding of contemporary Islamic thinking.
This fascinating and important book attempts to investigate the nature of the seven Ahruf in which the Qur'an has been revealed and the reason for the variations in readings among the Qurra' of the Qur'an. It studies, examines, and discusses:
• The revelation of the Qur'an in the seven ahrufconcluding that they represent seven linguistical ways of recitation.
• The compilation of the Qur'an during the lifetime of the Prophet and the preservation of the Qur'an in the memories of the Companions as well as in written form, the compilation during the time of Abu Bakr, and the further compilation during the time of Uthmän.
• The problem of naskh to demonstrate the completeness and trustworthiness of the Qur'an and that no verses are missing or were read and abrogated by naskh al-tilawah either with or without hukm.
• The Uthmanic maobif and their relation to the seven ahruf.
• The language of the Qur'an and whether it includes one, several, or all the dialects of the Arabs.
• The origin of the gird'ilt and conditions governing accepted readings.
• Ikhtiyar (i.e., the selection of one reading rather than another) and the rules governing the Qurra' who selected a reading.
PROFESSOR AFIMAD "ALI AL-IMAM is ileik of the Qur'an and one of a few distinguished scholars of the Qur'an worldwide. He holds a PhD from Edinburgh University on the topic of variant readings of the Qur'an, served as a lecturer at Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan and is founder and rector ...read more
EVER SINCE its revelation 1400 years ago, the Qur'an has been a book of guidance and inspiration, a reference point, and a rich source of social and moral dynamism for hundreds of millions of people throughout the world who
believe it to be the immutable word of God.
Hardly a generation passes without a fresh attempt to unravel the meanings of the Qur'an and gain deeper insight into its universal message within a contemporary perspective.
In the Shade of the Quran is more than `just another' commentary; yet it is not too over-reaching or outlandish to be a completely new interpretation. It is an earnest, sincere and sober look at man's contemporary achievements and difficulties in the light of the message of the Qur'an. It is an effort to vigorously explore its rich wisdom, and expand its invaluable guidance for the benefit of an increasingly `sophisticated', yet highly perplexed modern society.
The work, which is by far Sayyid Qutb's largest and most profound, spans the whole of the text of the Qur'an. It was written, and partly re-written, over a period of more than 15 years, most of which the author had spent in Egyptian prisons, during the 1950s and 1960s. In it is embedded Sayyid Qutb's insight, highly esteemed intellectual vigour, and his widely-acclaimed literary prowess.
In the Shade of the Quran has been universally recognised as an outstanding contribution to Islamic thought and scholarship, to which students and scholars, as well as contemporary Islamic reviva...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
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.
Although some may find it difficult to assim...read more
The Reign of Quantity
The Reign of Quantity is an attack on the scientism of the modern World. In these beautiful and profound pages Rene Guenon looks back to an ancient Wisdom, once common to both East and West but now almost entirely lost. Contemporary civilisation itself - with its industrial societies and illusory notions of progress - is his target. In particular, he shows that today's sciences and social sciences are dominated by a quantitative approach, that they neglect the idea of quality. To this "reign of quantity" he opposes the sacred metaphysics of the ancients, which he sees as rooted in Divine Truth: His book is ultimately a warning against the real danger that humanity faces today - a warning all the more urgent because that danger is unperceived by those from whom guidance is sought and expected.
FROM THE BOOK: Among the features characteristic of "the modern mentality the tendency to bring everything down to an exclusively quantitative point of view will be taken from now on as the central theme of this treatise This tendency is most marked in the scientific conceptions of recent centuries but it is almost as conspicuous in other domains, notably in that of social organisation; so much so that with one reservation the nature and necessity of which will appear hereafter, our period could almost be defined as being essentially and primarily the "reign of quantity". This characteristic is chosen in preference to any other not solely nor even principally be...read more
Against the prevailing assumption that "the warfare between science and theology" ... is a thing of the past, I propose to argue that if this is true it can only be because science has won the war. Only an exhausted theology, one about to sink into the sands of science like a spent wave, could fail to sense the enormous tension between its claims and those of a scientific worldview. There is, of course, a sense in which no tension exists or ever has existed. As truth is one and religion and science are both concerned with it, in principle they must be partners. But that is principle only-de jure, not de facto. For the partnership to work we would need to see clearly the inherent limitations of science and keep them in sharp focus. But we do not see these limitations. largely (I suspect) because we do not want to. Because science augments our power and possessions, we would like to think that it has 110 cut off point; that its present limitations are provisional only, and that in time it will break out of them to service our complete selves in the way it now services our bodies. So we encourage it to expand, and count on its doing so. Mostly we want its technological fallout, but we want its theory too. For modern science derives from the controlled experiment, and as that is as close to proof as we can get, a scientific worldview would be one we could wholeheartedly believe. It would he true. It happens. though, that a scientific worldview is impossible. I do not mean that we...read more
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