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Muzaffar Iqbal

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Living in the Time of Prophecy: Internalized Sirah Texts

Muzaffar Iqbal

Muharram 26, 14322011-01-01

Modern Sirah texts are deeply affected by the formidable historical currents that have shaped the post-colonial Muslim world. The intellectual rigor of some of these texts notwithstanding, the trend that dominates most nineteenth and early twentieth century Sirah works is to justify and apologize. Muslim intellectuals of this period were generally reacting against two centuries of colonial dominance; with few exceptions, their characterizations of the life of the Prophet were attempts to rationalize the miracles mentioned in classical works of Sirah, omit events which would be considered “scandalous” in the political climate of their times, and more generally introduce an ‘historical-critical’ mode of so-called scientific objectivity borrowed from the intellectual apparatus of Orientalism.

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The centrality of Islam to Pakistan’s creation, existence and future (First Print 2004)

Muzaffar Iqbal

Rajab 27, 14262005-09-01

As the fifty-seventh anniversary of the creation of Pakistan approaches, MUZAFFAR IQBAL discusses the role Islam played in its creation, and the role it can play in Pakistan’s future...

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The challenges facing Iran, the world’s only Revolutionary Islamic state

Muzaffar Iqbal

Jumada' al-Ula' 24, 14262005-07-01

Last month, the people of Iran went to the polls to elect a new president, the ninth presidential elections since the Revolution. In the first of two articles, MUZAFFAR IQBAL discusses the situation faced by the new president and challenges facing the world’s first and only modern Islamic State twenty-six years after the Islamic Revolution.

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The malaise of the Ummah: diagnosis and solutions

Muzaffar Iqbal

Rabi' al-Awwal 22, 14262005-05-01

There are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, but our societies appear to be in a state of permanent and irreversible crisis. DR MUZAFFAR IQBAL, of the Centre for Islam and Science in Canada (www.cis-ca.org), offers his diagnosis of the malaise of the Ummah and solutions for it.

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The road to success for the global Islamic movement

Muzaffar Iqbal

Muharram 20, 14262005-03-01

This is the final part of a three-part article by DR MUZAFFAR IQBAL discussing the global Islamic movement. The first part, published in the January issue, discussed the foundations and early development of the movement. The second part, published in the last issue, discussed its recent history. This part looks to the challenges now facing the Islamic movement, the example of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and the way forward.

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The origins, foundations and history of the global Islamic movement (Part 2)

Muzaffar Iqbal

Dhu al-Hijjah 21, 14252005-02-01

This is the second part of a three-part article by DR MUZAFFAR IQBAL discussing the global Islamic movement. The first part, in the last issue, dealt with the foundations and early development of the movement. This part surveys aspects of the Islamic movement during 1950-2000. The third part will, insha'Allah, discuss future directions.

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The origins, foundations and history of the global Islamic movement

Muzaffar Iqbal

Dhu al-Qa'dah 20, 14252005-01-01

This is the first part of a three-part article by DR MUZAFFAR IQBAL discussing the emergence and nature of the global Islamic movement. This part deals with the foundations and development of the Islamic movement. The next will discuss the current phase of the movement, and the third will, insha’Allah, focus on future directions.

Features

The making of a Muslim Holocaust

Muzaffar Iqbal

Shawwal 18, 14252004-12-01

All over the Muslim world, we have regular accounts of atrocities committed against Muslims by some or other of our many enemies. MUZAFFAR IQBAL argues that these many and various crimes are in fact merely parts of a global holocaust being inflicted on Muslims.

Book Review

Explaining the history of the Qur’anic text

Muzaffar Iqbal

Sha'ban 16, 14252004-11-01

The History of the Qur’anic Text from Revelation to Compilation: A Comparative Study with the Old and the New Testament by M. M. Al-A’zami. Pub. UK Islamic Academy, Leicester, UK, 2003. Pp: xxii + 376. ISBN 1872531660. Pbk: £18.95.

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Remembering the first Ramadan as a month of fasting

Muzaffar Iqbal

Ramadan 18, 14252004-11-01

Ramadan is undoubtedly the most special time of the year for Muslims all over the world, a time of prayers, reflection and collective reassertion of our faith and commitment to Islam. MUZAFFAR IQBAL looks back at the details of the first month of fasting in the early history of Islam.

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The West’s intellectual agents in the Muslim world

Muzaffar Iqbal

Sha'ban 16, 14252004-10-01

The West’s war on Islam, designed to prevent Muslims from establishing independent Islamic states in place of the surrent pro-Western Muslim nation states, is not only a political one...

Special Reports

The many unanswered questions about the atrocities of September 11, 2001

Muzaffar Iqbal

Rajab 16, 14252004-09-01

This month, the third anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on September 11, 2001, will be marked in the US...

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The centrality of Islam to Pakistan’s creation, existence and future

Muzaffar Iqbal

Jumada' al-Akhirah 14, 14252004-08-01

As the fifty-seventh anniversary of the creation of Pakistan approaches, MUZAFFAR IQBAL discusses the role Islam played in its creation, and the role it can play in Pakistan’s future...

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The need for Islamic institutions to develop positive agendas for Muslim societies

Muzaffar Iqbal

Ramadan 14, 14362004-07-01

At a time when the Islamic movement seems to be dominated by political struggle against external enemies, MUZAFFAR IQBAL emphasises the need for non-political institutions to work for the Islamic improvement and development of Muslim societies...

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The Napoleonic origins of two centuries of Muslim suffering

Muzaffar Iqbal

Rabi' al-Thani 13, 14252004-06-01

The current US policies in Iraq and Afghanistan need to be understood as part of a long history of Western attacks against Muslims. MUZAFFAR IQBAL traces their antecedents over 200 years ago...

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Reasons for the US’s long record of unquestioning support of Israel

Muzaffar Iqbal

Rabi' al-Awwal 11, 14252004-05-01

Last month the US vetoed a UN resolution condemning the assassination of Shaikh Ahmed Yasin. MUZAFFAR IQBAL examines the reasons for the US’s support for Israel...

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Understanding the historical phases of the Islamic movement

Muzaffar Iqbal

Safar 11, 14252004-04-01

The history of movements and societies is widely understood to move through phases. The history of the Islamic movement is no exception. MUZAFFAR IQBAL considers the phases of the Islamic movement, and its current situation.

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Implications for Muslims of the US’s drive for democracy in the Middle East

Muzaffar Iqbal

Safar 11, 14252004-04-01

​The promotion of democracy in the Middle East remains a prominent part of American political rhetoric. But what are the US’s real motives? And what is at stake for Muslims...

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The extent and purpose of the Saudis’ desecration of Islamic history

Muzaffar Iqbal

Sha'ban 16, 14252004-02-01

The massive damage that the Saudi rulers of the Haramain have inflicted on the historical sites there is little understood outside. DR MUZAFFAR IQBAL exposes their crimes against Islamic history and some of the objects behind them.

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The "clash of civilizations": an alternative understanding

Muzaffar Iqbal

Dhu al-Qa'dah 08, 14242004-01-01

The concept of a clash of civilizations, popularised by Samuel Huntington, has become a cliche. Here DR MUZAFFAR IQBAL proposes an alternative reading of the contemporary historical situation.

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US encirclement presents Islamic Iran with new security challenges

Muzaffar Iqbal

Shawwal 07, 14242003-12-01

A quick glance at the map of Iran and the surrounding region shows that Iran is now effectively a besieged land. Sandwiched between US-occupied countries on its western and easter borders (Iraq, Afghanistan and arguably Pakistan), and flanked by close allies of the US to its north and south (the Central Asian states and the Arab Persian Gulf states), Iran has hardly any room left to manoeuvre.

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The Prophet’s Seerah and the contemporary state of the Ummah

Muzaffar Iqbal

Rabi' al-Thani 16, 14242003-06-16

The Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought convened a conference on the Seerah in Toronto last month, in association with Crescent International. Here we print the paper presented by DR MUZAFFAR IQBAL

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Civil rights of American Muslims under attack on pretext of fighting terrorism...

Muzaffar Iqbal

Ramadan 01, 14222001-11-16

Friday, October 26, 2001 has become an ominous date in the history of the United States and of Muslims living there. On that fateful day the US took steps that may eventually make it another Spain for its Muslims.

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