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OCCASIONAL PAPER SERIES (ENGLISH)


~ LATEST TITLES ~

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Occasional Paper No. 25

THE QUR'AN AND THE SUNNAH

by Isma'il al Faruqi & Lois al Faruqi


Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-56564-655-1
2015

Without a doubt, the Qur’an is beautiful, indeed, the most beautiful literary composition the Arabic language has ever known. It signified the divine presence itself and commanded the greatest honor. The proof that the Qur’an was the word of God devolved upon the Qur’an itself. The Qur’an, Muhammad claimed with Qur’anic approval, indeed dictation, is so beautiful that it is inimitable; it is so inimitable that it is miraculous. It is therefore not the work of humans but of God. This character of the Qur’an is called its i'jaz. The Sunnah as concretization of the vision, or materialization of the ideal, translated theory into re ality. In it, the values of Islam were given form and became alive. They throbbed with moving power. The Sunnah supplied the missing link between thinking and doing, between ideational apperception and action, between thought and life and history.

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THE ARTS OF ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION

by Isma'il al Faruqi


Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-56564-558-5
2013

In dealing with any aspect of Islamic civilization, its final raison d'etre and creative base must be seen as resting on the Qur'an. Islamic culture is, in fact, a "Qur'anic culture"; for its definitions, its structures, its goals, and its methods for execution of those goals are all derived from that series of revelations from God to the Prophet Muhammad. Without that revelation, the culture could not have been generated; without that revelation, there could have been neither an Islamic religion, an Islamic state, an Islamic philosophy, an Islamic law, an Islamic society, nor an Islamic political or economic organization. Just as surely as these aspects of Islamic culture may be rightly seen as Qur'anic in basis and motivation, in implementation and goal, the arts of Islamic civilization should also be viewed as aesthetic expressions of similar derivation and realization. Yes, the Islamic arts are indeed Qur'anic arts. How then are the Islamic arts to be seen as "Qur'anic" expressions in color, in line, in movement, in shape, and in sound? This is the subject of this work.
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THE PARAMETERS OF HALAL AND HARAM IN SHARIAH AND THE HALAL INDUSTRY

by Mohammad Hashim Kamali


Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-56564-555-4
2013

When we think of the halal industry we normally think of meat and meat products. But there is far more to the industry than simply this. The issue of halal touches many areas of Muslim life, and because the industry is driven by profit and the market realities of supply and demand, better understanding of Islamic principles is vital. Exploring the question in detail Kamali explains the basic principles of halal and haram and discusses, particularly in relation to the meat industry, key issues surrounding their implementation. In doing so he gives important insights into, and relevant understanding of, many of the misconceptions and challenges confronting Muslims today. The issue of additives for instance has caused considerable confusion in food consumption. Not surprisingly, perceptions of what constitutes halal also vary among the schools and scholars of Islam. Other factors such as custom and climate also tend to be influential. In addition the work at hand examines issues in halal certification procedures, and matters of concern to uniformity in halal industry practices.

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Occasional Paper No. 22

APOSTATES, ISLAM & FREEDOM OF FAITH: CHANGE OF CONVICTION VS CHANGE OF ALLIGANCE

by AbdulHamid AbuSulayman


Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-56564-554-7
2013

In this new and important analysis of apostasy (al-Riddah), the author examines fundamental teachings of the Qur’an, the Sunnah of the Prophet, as well as historical as opposed to scriptural postulates, to uncover the origins of the debate and refute misconception. Mainstream media and critics of Islam delight in pointing to the death penalty as evidence of Islam’s draconian tenets, moral flaws and flagrant disregard for human rights. This demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of the correct Islamic position, what apostasy signifies in Islam, ignorance of Islamic principles of justice, as well as failure to comprehend the manipulation of religion for political purposes. In reality many continue to leave the faith freely and without penalty. Much misunderstanding prevails and it is vital that in the interests of compassion, justice, and freedom of belief, the subject is clearly addressed once and for all.

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Occasional Paper No. 21

THE ESSENCE OF ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION

by Isma'il Raji al Faruqi

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-56564-582-0
34pp, 2013

There can be no doubt that the essence of Islamic civilization is Islam; or that the essence of Islam is tawhid, the act of affirming Allah to be the One, absolute, transcendent Creator, Lord and Master of all that is. These two fundamental premises are self evident. They have never been in doubt by those belonging to this civilization or participating in it. Only in recent times have missionaries, Orientalists, and other interpreters of Islam subjected these premises to doubt. Whatever their level of education, Muslims are apodictically certain that Islamic civilization does have an essence, that this essence is knowable and capable of analysis or description, that it is tawhid. Analysis of tawhid as essence, as first determining principle of Islamic civilization, is the object of this document. According to the author, in the final analysis, it is this principle of ontic separation of God and the world that distinguishes tawhid from all theories that apotheosize man or humanize God, whether Greek, Roman, Hindu, Buddhist, or Christian.


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Occasional Paper No. 20

MAQASID AL-SHARIAH, IJTIHAD AND CIVILISATIONAL RENEWAL


by Mohammed Hashim Kamali


Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-56564-579-0
77pp, March 2012

This paper develops the idea of a maqasid-based framework for ijtihad and civilisational renewal (tajdid hadari), a broad and engaging prospect that also involves a review and reappraisal of the methodology of Islamic jurisprudence relating to both the maqasid and ijtihad. The author argues that this would enable Muslims to widen the scope and horizon of the maqasid or objectives of Islamic law from their currently legalistic leanings towards the wider perspective of civilisational renaissance. The nexus that needs to be developed between the maqasid and ijtihad also needs to be supported by a credible methodology, as this paper attempts. Jointly published with International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS Malaysia).

15 Occasional Paper No. 19

THE PEOPLE ON THE EDGE - RELIGIOUS REFORM AND THE BURDEN OF THE WESTERN MUSLIM INTELLECTUAL


by Abdelwahab El-Affendi


Paperback: £4.50, US$3.50
(ISBN: 978-1-56564-357-4)

Are western Muslims an endangered species, or are they the future of Islam? The accelerated adaptation and change western Muslims are pushed to make in order just to survive has galvanized them into a serious effort of rethinking and reflection. This has, in turn, moved the worldwide debate on Islamic reform into a new higher gear.While Muslim intellectual activism in the West had deep historical roots, the claims of the new emerging movements and intellectual figures to moral, intellectual and religious leadership of the Ummah are unprecedented in their boldness and pride in their specifically western/modernist credentials. Moreover, it is paradoxical that what is in essence a response to the precariousness of the increasingly vulnerable Muslim presence in the West is at the same time trying to present itself as the most authoritative interpretation of Islam. This paper traces the historical roots of western Muslim intellectual activism, and assesses its success in attracting support both within the West and the wider Muslim world.
15 Occasional Paper No. 18

TOWARDS A FIQH FOR MINORITIES (REVISED) - SOME BASIC REFLECTIONS


by Taha Jabir al-Alwani
with an introduction by Shaikh Zaki Badawi OBE KBE

Paperback: £4.50, US$3.50
(ISBN: 978-1-56564-352-9)

Towards a Fiqh for Minorities is an important subject and a much needed contribution to an area of fiqh that has become essential for the well being and development of Muslim communities living in the West. The author stresses that the problems of Muslim minorities can only be tackled with a fresh juristic vision based on the principles, objectives and higher values of the Qur’an in conjunction with the ultimate aims and intents (maqasid) of the Shari'ah. In essence Dr. Alalwani’s paper is a call for Muslim minorities to have a sense of themselves as citizens and develop a positive, confident view of their place and value in society, moving away from notions of immigrant status and governed by a humanistic vision focusing on the betterment of society.
15 Occasional Paper No. 15

THE ISLAMIC VISION OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE LIGHT OF MAQASID AL-SHARIAH


by Mohammad Umer Chapra


Paperback: £4.00, US$5.95
(ISBN: 978-1-56564-441-0)

In this paper Dr. Chapra explores the Islamic vision of development in relation to maqasid al-shariah maintaining that Islam has emphasised all the ingredients of human wellbeing, including the human self, faith, intellect, posterity as well as wealth for society to flourish. Dr. Chapra also concludes that economic development may only result in growth in the short term, but in the long term will lead to increased inequities, family disintegration, juvenille delinquency, and social unrest.
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Occasional Paper No. 14

MAQASID AL-SHARIAH A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

by Jasser Auda


Paperback: £4.00, US$5.95
(ISBN: 978–1–56564–440–3)

There is a lack of consideration and functionality of the overall purposes and underlying principles of Islamic law as a whole. These misapplications lead to a lack of spirituality, intolerance violent ideologies, supressed freedoms, and authoritarianism. Thus, a maqasid approach takes juridical issues to a higher philosophical ground, and encourages a much-need culture of conciliation and peaceful coexistence.

Click here to read review in Arabic edition of Asharq Al-Awsat Arabic newspaper.

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Occasional Paper No. 13

MAQASID AL-SHARIAH MADE SIMPLE

by Mohammad Hashim Kamali


Paperback: £4.00, US$5.95
(ISBN: 978-1-56564-442-7)

This paper focuses on a general characterisation of maqasid al-shari'ah and its origin in the Qur'an; the classification of maqasid; historical developments and the contributions of some of the leading 'ulama' to the theory of maqasid; the differential approaches the 'ulama' have taken toward the identification of maqasid; and finally the relevance of maqasid to ijtihad and the ways in which maqasid can enhance the scope and calibre of ijtihad.

Click here to read review in Arabic edition of Asharq Al-Awsat Arabic newspaper.

12 Occasional Paper No. 12

REVITALIZING HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE MUSLIM WORLD

by AbdulHamid A. AbuSulayman

Paperback: £3.95, US$6.50
(ISBN: 1-56564-430-4)

This paper calls for reforming our approach to education particularly through the Islamization of Knowledge so that both divine and human sources are integrated into a powerful whole with Revealed Knowledge providing a comprehensive, spiritual and moral guidance in the sphere of human action, universal laws, and scientific and technological knowledge as tools for that action.
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NEW REVISED EDITION: MARITAL DISCORD: Recapturing Human Dignity Through the Higher Objectives of Islamic Law

by AbdulHamid A. AbuSulayman

with a foreword by Katherine Bullock

Paperback: £4.00, US$5.95
(ISBN: 978-1-56564-446-5)

This paper examines the issue of marital discord with a deep sensitivity to the perspective of women and the need for family harmony. Criticising an approach to the Qur'an that is misogynistic rather than emancipatory the paper moves the debate forward by introducing an alternative interpretation of the Qur'anic text. The explanation is fresh, firmly on the side of women's human rights and recaptures the full Islamic spirit of human dignity.

Click here to download some sample pages from previous edition (pdf format, 91 KB download).
10 Occasional Paper No. 10

TOWARDS A FIQH FOR MINORITIES: Some Basic Reflections

by Taha Jabir al-Alwani

with an introduction by Shaikh Zaki Badawi OBE KBE

Paperback: £4.50, US$6.50
(ISBN: 1-56564-400-X)

This paper is a timely and important subject and a long awaited contribution to an area of fiqh that has become essential for the well being and development of Muslim communities living in the West. The author stresses that the problems of Muslim minorities can only be tackled with a fresh juristic vision based on the principles, objectives and higher values of the Qur'an in conjunction with the ultimate aims and intents of the Shariah.

Click here to download some sample pages from this publication (pdf format, 129 KB download).
9 Occasional Paper No. 9

MISSING DIMENSIONS IN CONTEMPORARY ISLAMIC MOVEMENTS

by Taha Jabir al-Alwani

Translated from Arabic by the IIIT Translation Department, IIIT (UK)

ISBN: 1-56564-061-6 (PB)

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8 Occasional Paper No. 8

THE ISLAMIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE: Yesterday and Today

by Taha Jabir al-Alwani

Translated by Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo

ISBN: 1-56564-058-6 (PB)

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7 Occasional Paper No. 7

TOWARD GLOBAL CULTURAL RENEWAL: Modernity and the Episteme of Transcendence

by Mona M. Abul-Fadl


ISBN: 1-56564-055-1 (PB)

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6 Occasional Paper No. 6

ISLAMIZATION: Reforming Contemporary Knowledge

by AbdulHamid A. AbuSulayman


ISBN: 1-56564-054-3 (PB)

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5 Occasional Paper No. 5

LAXITY, MODERNISM AND EXTREMISM IN ISLAM

by Aisha B. Lemu


ISBN: 0-912463-95-3 (PB)

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4 Occasional Paper No. 4

IJTIHAD

by Taha Jabir al-Alwani


ISBN: 1-56566-405-1 (PB)

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3 Occasional Paper No. 3

THE QUR'AN AND THE SUNNAH: The Time-Space Factor

by Taha Jabir al-Alwani and Imad al Din Khalil


ISBN: 0-912463-91-0 (PB)

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2 Occasional Paper No. 2

ISLAMIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE: A Methodology

by Imad al Din Khalil


ISBN: 0-912463-75-9 (PB)

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Occasional Paper No. 1

OUTLINES OF A CULTURAL STRATEGY

by Taha Jabir al-Alwani


ISBN: 0-912463-58-9 (PB)

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