“A man of two worlds: West and East, intelligently at ease in both but at peace with neither.”

Islam and the Problem of Israel: Zionism, The European Jew’s Counsel of Despair (1)

- The Jews of Europe found themselves in the second half of the nineteenth century tossed on the horns of a terrible dilemma. If they pursued the gains of emancipation, they must assimilate; and the more they did so, the more their Judaism would have to be reformed, the more dilute it would become, the less Jewish they would finally turn out to be.... Read More

The Ismail Faruqi Award Presentation Ceremony (1)

- This bi-annual award to IIU scholars who produce outstanding, excellent and exemplary academic work was established in honour of the memory of al-marhum Professor Ismail Raji al-Faruqi who, during his lifetime, had made profound and invaluable contributions not only to Islamic scholarship but to learning as a whole. Indeed, I was most privileged to... Read More

Islam on Its Own Terms: The Contribution of Isma’il al-Faruqi (1)

- In his teaching of Islam the late Dr. Isma'il al-Faruqi had little patience with the anthropomorphic approach with which most comparative religion is taught. He believed there must be faith, belief, and commitment if the inner essence of Islam—and indeed of any religion—is to be appreciated. He deplored the fact that Islam in the West is taught... Read More

Islam and the Problem of Israel: The Romantic Relapse of Europe (0)

- The prognosis of the last paragraph (Chapter III) was the reality on the American scene. Most of the rabbis ministering to the Jews of America were educated in the Reform seminaries of Europe, and the first seminary in America (Cincinnati, Ohio) belonged to the same group. The absence of persecution and of ghettos and the religious freedom... Read More

Review of “Islam: A Challenge to Religion” by Ghulam Ahmad Parwez (0)

- The author of this book is famous for his "Abandon of the Hadlth and return to the Qur'an," the central theme of the Association for the Reemergence of Islam (Tulu-e-Islam) of the last three decades, of which he is the founder. His call has appealed especially to the learned civil servants of Pakistan, who flocked to his durbar in Gulberg (Lahore)... Read More

Islam and the Tehran Hostages (0)

- Certainly no Muslim may question the following principles, since they are Qur'anic and the Qur'an is for Muslims the only ultimate authority. These principles are not unique to Islam; rather, they represent some of the highest ethical standards of other human civilisations. Islam advocates a very personal, individualist ethic. "No soul may be... Read More