Browsing All posts tagged under »Ijtihad«

Contestations of Ijtihad: The Need For Debate

June 28, 2010 by

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by A.A Khalid In liberal circles of religious scholarship there is a contention that ‘’ijtihad’’ is the epistemic tool which will solve all our grapples and puzzles of establishing a suitable religiosity for our time. Ijtihad is elevated from its formal place as a mere tool of legal reasoning restricted in the classical tradition to […]

Maududi’s Children

June 16, 2009 by

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How the intellectuality of Political Islam turned into the brutality of faithful fascism by Nadeem F. Paracha Source: DAWN Blogs In Pakistan even the traditional Muslim practice of reasoning in matters of religion – originally introduced by the 9th century Mutazilites – is at times treated like some kind of an abomination to be feared, […]

Islam and Secularism

April 18, 2009 by

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Asghar Ali Engineer (Secular Perspective October-1-15, 2000) Is Islam compatible with secularism? This question is quite important in the present context, particularly in 21st century. Both non-Muslims and orthodox Muslims feel that Islam is not compatible with secularism. Fundamentalist Muslims totally reject secularism as anti-Islamic and haram. Maulana Maududi, founder of Jamat-e-Islami-e-Hind had said, while […]

The Hijackers of Islam

April 12, 2009 by

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by Khalid Hasan The great irony of the predicament in which the world’s Muslims find themselves today is that those who speak in their name are, in the words of the late Eqbal Ahmed, an “armed minority.” The face of Islam that the west sees is not its true face. The fierce hate-laden invective that […]

Islamic World and Crisis of Modernism

March 30, 2009 by

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by Asghar Ali Engineer (Islam and Modern Age Jan. 2002) Editor’s Note: This article brings up many important issues within and faced by the Muslim world today. We at Secular Pakistan may not need to agree with all the points that the author has illustrated. The rising tide of what is called by the print […]