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.
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
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.
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
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
THE PUBLICATION OF THIS VOLUME represents a significant land
mark in the history of Islamic literature in English. There has until toss been a dearth of translations of classical la/sir literature into English. With the first volume of this abridged translation of Imam al-Q al-jami' li-abkam al- tn'an ('The Compendium of Legal Rulings of the Qtr'an") an important step has been taken towards remedying this situation. It gives English-speaking readers access to one of the great classical commentaries, containing a wealth of authorrtuivc traditional exposition of the Sacred Text.
Comprehensive interpretation of the Holy Qr'an requires consideration of every aspect - spiritual, legal, linguistic, social, and others. While his Tasfir covers them all, imam al-Qrtubi was especially concerned to bring out the legal implications of the Qur'anic text, and his work emphasises the practical applications of the Revelation. This gives it particular relevance to those Interested m learning how the Qu'an informs the daily life of the Muslims. on both the individual and the communal level. The author also explains the diversity of the Various readings (qira'ar) and explores the altcin,ntivr intcrf11(1,1(i,1n, that can be derived from them
Imam Abu 'Abdullah Muhammad iibn Ahmad 11,11 AN ": \11",:! al-Qu'tubl, was born in Cordoba, Spain, at the sunnnlt of Its 111C M period of Islamic civilisation. He was an eminent Maliki schol;n who specialised in /igb and Hadith. The breadth and depth ...read more
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
Volume 8 of this multi-book series is the latest addition to this collection with a difference. An immense wealth of profound understanding of the Qur'an is here as well as a vast treasure of knowledge and deep insights, illuminating historical accounts and philogical discussions, and a highly systematic exposition of social, political, economic and legal teachings.
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.
Wholeness and Holiness in Education
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