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Islamology: The Basic Design for a School of Thought and Action

Ali Shariati

Dhu al-Hijjah 01, 14362005-09-15

Any idea which can be conceptualized and then expressed through a geometric form, is itself proof of its being both valid and sound. The most exact scientific concepts in the world are mathematical ones. If we are able to express our philosophical or ideological ideas in mathematical or geometrical language, we have both found the best language to express our concepts as well as the best proof of the fact that intellectual ideas are logical as opposed to philosophies and religions which have to engage in discussion, argumentation, sophistry, debates and comparisons to prove their logic.

Martyrdom, Arise and Bear Witness

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

There has been much written and said and much continues to be written and said about Imam Hosein and the role he played in history. The ancients have explained him one way and the innovating intellectuals in another. But as I realized recently, we cannot know what Imam Hosein has done without understanding what the meaning of martyrdom really is.

Jihad & Shahadat: A Discussion of Shahid

Ali Shariati

Jumada' al-Akhirah 08, 14262005-09-15

The term "martyr," derived from the (Latin) root "mort, "implies" death and dying," "Martyr" is a noun meaning "the one who dies for God and faith." Thus a martyr is, in any case, the one who dies. The only difference between his death and that of others is to be seen in the "cause." He dies for the cause of God, whereas the cause of the death of another may be cancer.

Mission of a Free Thinker

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

We neither want to make a Europe, nor another America, but a human society. Europe and America tried to create a human society. They talked and bluffed, but they did just the opposite and ironically they have always killed all the humans they could find. We absolutely do not want to catch up with England, the U.S., and France. Never!

A Glance at Tomorrows History

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

Some words have the right to life for a person (as Andre Gide said) and if they do not have the right to life for a person, they have the right to develop a thought because it often happens that there is a word within us which we are not aware of.

An approach to the Understanding of Islam

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

My lecture is about the various approaches one can use to come to know Islam. It is an important scientific concept to review multiple approaches to the understanding of something in order to arrive at a particular methodology, which in our case is to come to understand Islam.

Reflections of a Concerned Muslim on the Plight of Oppressed People

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

My friend, you have left this world, but we are carrying the loads for the great civilization, clear victories, and heroic works. They came to our homes at the farms and forced us, as beasts, to build their graves. If we could not carry the stones or complete the task, we were also put into the walls with the stones! Others took the pride and credit for the work that we did. No mention had ever been made of our contributions.

Man and Islam: The Free Man and Freedom of the Man

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

Does Islam recognize man as a helpless creature whose ultimate goal and ideal is to stand powerless in front of God? Does Islam recognize humanness as a nobility? Is helplessness in man a pre-requisite of belief in Islam, or on the contrary, is belief in Islam enough to bestow originality upon man and a respect for his virtues?

Man and Islam: Extraction and Refinement of Cultural Resources

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

As a nation and a society possesses economic resources, rich in energy, but worthless when raw, it also possesses vast cultural and spiritual resources that have accumulated throughout history.

Civilization and Modernization: Reflections of Humanity

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

Debate on the question of who is civilized and who is modernized are best discussed in light of Islamic doctrine, particularly as a matter concerning individuals of the educated classes of Islamic societies upon whom lie the burden of responsibility and leadership of the Umma.

Mohammad Iqbal: A Manifestation of Self-reconstruction and Reformation

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

If one were to reconstruct the form of Islam which has been made to degenerate in the course of history, re-assemble it in such a way that the spirit could return to a total body, transform the present dazed elements into that spirit as if the trumpet of Israfil were to blow in the 20th century over a dead society and awaken its movement, power, spirit, and meaning, it is, then, that exemplary Muslim personalities will be reconstructed and reborn like Muhammad Iqbal.

Red Shi'ism - The Religion of Martyrdom; Black Shi'ism - The Religion of Mourning

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

Islam is a religion which makes its appearance in the history of mankind with the 'no' of Mohammad (PBUH), the heir of Abraham, the manifestation of the religion of the Unity of God and the oneness of mankind, a 'no' which beings with the cry of Unity, a cry which Islam reinitiated when confronted by aristocracy and compromise.

Art Awaiting the Savior

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

There are some sciences which are oppressed in our society. They are oppressed in the sense that they have no particular owner. The reason they have no owner is because they do not have a set of clearly definable rules and limitations. At any rate, my words on art here are not of this kind. I am not speaking here as a specialist on the subject of art, but rather as one who is interested in knowing about art.

Expectations from the Muslim Woman

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

A great many people are acquainted with Islamic views of society, social relations, women's rights, children's rights and family rights, but these same people then actually follow non-Islamic, ancient cultural traditions and do not dare to base their lives upon Islamic values. That is, they do not practice what they preach. Thus we always remain at the level of talking.

The Visage of Prophet Mohammad

Ali Shariati

Jumada' al-Akhirah 08, 14262005-09-15

Truly, even thinking about the Prophet is extremely difficult and awe inspiring. A great personage like Ali said: "Whenever we found the situation to be grave, we used to take refuge in the Prophet of God and sought the shelter of his presence in order to feel safe and protected in his loving company".

Hajj (Pilgrimage)

Ali Shariati

Sha'ban 11, 14262005-09-15

As a person who is "knowledgeable about religion" and whose field of study is "the history of religions", I reached the following conclusions as a result of my study and research of the historical evolution of each faith whereby I compared what the faiths were in the past and what they are now as well as a comparison in the differences between the "truth" and the "reality" of the faiths.

Preparing Parents as Educators The Role of Learning Gatherings

Yusuf Progler

Jumada' al-Ula' 13, 14262005-06-20

While there are growing global discussions about the role of education in people’s lives, most ongoing discussions focus on children and schools. In many cases, the role of adults and the family in education is neglected or marginalized in these discussions. Part of this problem, perhaps, stems from a general misunderstanding of education, which is most often equated with merely going to school. An important first step, therefore, is to make clearer distinctions between education and schooling.

The Dismantling of Israel via an Islamic Theology of Justice and Liberation

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14262005-06-01

Justice and equity are central concepts to be found in the scripture of all three of the monotheistic faith tradition. The corresponding lack of these concepts in public discourse is contributing to, not solving the issue of Palestine. The genesis of liberation theology gives justification for the combination of people and land on the basis of justice and equity. The absence of justice fortifies the group rights to the holy land regardless of religious claims.

Challenges Facing Islamic Education

Yusuf Progler

Rabi' al-Thani 10, 14262005-05-18

Despite the current socio-political tensions between the Islamic and Western worlds, there is a largely unquestioned allegiance on the part of many Muslims to the normative modes of thought and action associated with Western modernity. Since the days of gaining limited independence from direct colonialism after World War II, most discussions on education in the Muslim world have been concerned with seeking empowerment in the modernist world system.

The Westernization of Islamic Education

Yusuf Progler

Rabi' al-Awwal 08, 14262005-04-17

With the increasing American colonial presence in the Muslim world, beginning with the 1991 war against Iraq and gaining momentum on the heels of 9/11 with recent invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, there have been numerous efforts aimed at reforming school curricula and revising textbooks. From Saudi Arabia to Indonesia, American officials have been pressuring local governments to eliminate anything that the Americans say promotes “violence and terrorism.”

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