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Ep.002 | Philosophical Depth of China, Islam and the US Presidential Selection

Yahya Ameen

Jumada' al-Akhirah 22, 14412020-02-16

In this episode, we are looking at the philosophical depth of China, its soft-power appeal and the upcoming presidential selection process in the US.

Islamic Movement

From Salafism to Sufism

John Andrew Morrow

Ramadan 16, 14392018-06-01

Just as imperialists used Salafism in the past to advance their agenda, today Sufism has become their favorite vehicle and tool. Will the Muslims ever learn?

News & Analysis

Grozny conference challenges the Saudis

Tahir Mustafa

Dhu al-Hijjah 29, 14372016-10-01

It came as a shock to the Saudis that they were not only not invited to the Islamic conference in Grozny but that the final communiqué even excluded them from being Sunnis.

Islamic Movement

Remembering the great tradition of Sufi jihadis in Muslim history

Fahad Ansari

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14292008-04-01

In the contemporary Ummah, Sufism is often associated with apolitical, pacifist Islam of the type that the West would like to promote as “true Islam” all over the Muslim world. FAHAD ANSARI looks back at the great tradition of jihadi Sufis in recent Muslim history.

Occasional Paper

Imam 'Ali Ar-Rida (a) [Lecture 13]

Hamid Algar

Sha'ban 06, 14222001-10-23

The life and legacy of the 8th Imam – Imam Ali al-Rida [AS]. As was always the case, the death of the preceding Imam [AS] Imam Musa al-Kazim [AS] was accompanied with a degree of uncertainty and division within the community about the identity of the successor. On this occasion however the disagreement and confusion was relatively minor and short lived, almost the entirety of the Shi’i community came to accept Imam Ali al-Rida [AS] as the 8th Imam [AS] and as the successor to Imam Musa al-Kazim [AS].

Occasional Paper

Legacy of Imam Ali (a) & Life of Imam Hasan (a) [Lecture 6]

Hamid Algar

Rajab 08, 14222001-09-25

After the Prophet [sAW] himself there is no other figure in Islamic History who has exercised the same comprehensive and lasting influence as Imam Ali [AS]. This can in part be seen from the duality of titles that one may be applied to him with respect to Sunni and Shi'ah tradition respectively. From the Sunni point of view he is the fourth among the rightly guided caliphs, from the Shi’ah point of view he is the first of he 12 Imams [AS], that in itself indicates that he holds an honoured position in the totality of Islamic tradition despite varying interpretations.


Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi’s message of balanced spirituality

Mansoor Akbar Kundi

Jumada' al-Akhirah 21, 14201999-08-01

There is only one Maulana in Turkey - Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, known as one of the greatest mystic poets of Islam. In Turkey, he is known simply as ‘Mevlana,’ and his followers go by the title of ‘Mevlevi.’

Occasional Paper

The Fusion of the Gnostic and the Political in the Personality and Life of Imam Khomeini

Hamid Algar

Shawwal 22, 13891970-01-01

The integrality and comprehensiveness of the Imam's personality and vision of Islam are such that analytical distinctions among their various dimensions are in a sense artificial, reflecting an effort to understand the Imam rather than his actuality. It is nonetheless legitimate - or at least inevitable - to speak of the Gnostic ( ‘irfani) and political aspects of his life and activity and to accord a certain primacy to the former, in terms of not only chronology but also significance.

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