Dr Ali Shariati, who died in London in June 1977, was among the most important figures of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, which unfortunately he did not live to see; and yet, 30 years after his death, his contribution and legacy are largely forgotten. During the 1970s, his lectures and writings played a crucial role in preparing young Iranians, brought up during the secularising and “Westoxicated” policies of the Shah’s regime, for the possibility of Islamic rule. In this paper, IQBAL SIDDIQUI analyses major elements of his thought, particularly his belief that Muslims need what Dr Kalim Siddiqui would later call “an intellectual revolution” in their under-standing of Islam.
The diversity of the human condition and experience is one of the most wonderful elements of the world that Allah subhahanu wa ta‘ala has created for us. The evolution of human societies over time, and the need for people to learn from the experiences of earlier generations, is one of the major themes of the Qur’an.
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.
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 socio-economic and political chaos that grips Pakistan today allows little room for serious intellectual debate or discussion. To the political confusion must be added the din made by various religious parties and groups who insist that their version of Islam is the only correct one and that everyone else is destined for Hell-fire.