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The Conscience Clause

We have shown how the idea of belonging to the umma is formed and structured at various levels and how, through the notion of contract, the apparent opposition between the umma and the state should disappear. Moreover, the foregoing analysis…

Civil Allegiance in the West

The preceding analysis should help us to deal with the problem of Muslim residents and citizens in Europe and in North America and to respond to questions related to that nature and integrity of loyalty. We have explained the kind…

Belonging to the Islamic Umma

We have explained that the essence of the Muslim personality is the affirmation of the shahada.30 If we had to look for the minimal element on which Muslims agree for the definition of their common identity, we would certainly find…

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22 Jul 2016

The Conscience Clause

We have shown how the idea of belonging to the umma is formed and structured at various levels and how, through the notion of contract, the apparent opposition between the umma and the state should disappear. Moreover, the foregoing analysis…

12 Jul 2016

Civil Allegiance in the West

The preceding analysis should help us to deal with the problem of Muslim residents and citizens in Europe and in North America and to respond to questions related to that nature and integrity of loyalty. We have explained the kind…

07 Jul 2016

Belonging to the Islamic Umma

We have explained that the essence of the Muslim personality is the affirmation of the shahada.30 If we had to look for the minimal element on which Muslims agree for the definition of their common identity, we would certainly find…

30 Jun 2016

Belonging and Loyalty

To define the space in which we live as well as the open aspects of our identity is essential but still not enough. Muslims today experience, sometimes with a great deal of tension, conflicts of belonging, and if they themselves…

23 Jun 2016

Action and Participation

The outward expression of Muslim identity is the articulation and demonstration of the faith through consistent behavior. Faith, understanding, education, and transmission together constitute the substrata of Islamic ethics and should therefore guide the actions of the believer. To be…

13 Jun 2016

Education and Transmission

Faith (iman) is a pledge (amaana), and Muslims are required to pass this amana on to their children and those close to them and, as we have already explained, to bear witness to it before humankind. To be Muslim entails…

07 Jun 2016

An Understanding of the Texts and the Context

There is no true faith without understanding; for Muslims, this means understanding both the sources (the Qur’an and the Sunna) and the context in which they live. This has already been much emphasized in the first two chapters. Muslims’ responsibility…

09 May 2016

One Faith, One Practice, and One Spirituality

The first and most important element of Muslim identity is faith, which is the intimate sign that one believes in the Creator without associating anything with Him. This is the meaning of the central concept of tawhid, faith in the…

02 May 2016

Identity and Culture

Who are we? We touch here on the central question of identity that has occupied people’s minds and continues today to be the nub of much reflection and debate. The question is a vital one for Muslims living in the West.…

25 Apr 2016

In The West : First Attempts at Reform [6/6]

This double function of shahada should be more explicitly expressed in the six points enumerated here, of which the first three refer to the very identity of Muslims and the other three to their role in society: 1- In pronouncing the…

19 Apr 2016

In The West : First Attempts at Reform [5/6]

We can broadly distinguish here three different—though not completely contradictory—positions that are the expression of three specific legal opinions on this question. Some ulama consider that the old concepts of dar al-islam and dar al-harb are still valid, even if all…

14 Apr 2016

In The West : First Attempts at Reform [4/6]

An evaluation of the “Western abode” could be made on the basis of the comparative analysis of the two sets of considerations referred to earlier: on the one hand the conditions essential for the expansion of the Muslim personality and…

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04 Jul 2016

"War" By Yasmina Aboufirass

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” The sun was born again, on a Saturday. I ran uphill as easily as a feather carried by the wind, Would glide foolish and…

28 Jun 2016

"A wake up call for humanity" By Abubakar Kasim

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” I was paying close attention to the British election to leave the European Union. UK has become the second home for much of…

27 Jun 2016

"Reconceptualizing Hijab" By Sumeera Nisar

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” While being in teen, I noticed my fellow folks, delusively emulate the behavior of men. They idolize such behavior because they have…

09 Jun 2016

"Mohammad Ali was the Picture of Islam" By Abubakar N.Kasim

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” In light of the passing of the celebrated boxing legend Mohammad Ali, Muslim community should raise up to the opportunity to discuss…

30 May 2016

"On the Question of Islam and Democracy" By Syed Abdul Ahad Wasim

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” In the middle of Hijaz (a region in western Arabia) lived the powerful tribe of Quraysh, the Keeper of Keys. Quraysh were…

25 Feb 2016

"World politics and religion: more than Weapons human nature" By Andrea Celeste Gutierrez Godina

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” Human nature is considered as imperfect and weak. One of the hard complications that we are facing are the conflicts that emerge…

18 Jan 2016

"Be Productive this NewYear" By Shameela Yoosuf Ali

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” Be a Productive this New Year. As the New Year blooms, new doors open and it is a great time to ponder about…

18 Jan 2016

"Contextualizing The Discourse On Feminism" By Sumeera Nisar

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” Being raised in an era when girls are not taught to be feminine in their behavior. I sometimes rethink should I be…

04 Jan 2016

"To Flee" By Yasmina Aboufirass

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” War it is said, Was the reason they fled. Some fall like the hail Some fall like the rain Some fall on grass Some fall on rock Greeted…

21 Sep 2015

"Hajj – The Pilgrimage of Life" By Rukiye Hamza

  “All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” Hajj – the legendary once-in-a-lifetime experience of a Muslim - has always fascinated millions of pilgrims from all corners of the world. No…

27 Aug 2015

"Friday at Al Aqasa" by Arwa Hazin

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” We struggled to make our way past the small collection of women at the door that only swelled the closer we got…

27 Aug 2015

"What are atheistes afraid of" By Animah Ferrar

“All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under.” Belief in God, or some Being beyond ourselves, and belief in a phase of human existence beyond this…

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Books

The Arab Awakening: Islam and the new Middle…

Across the Arab world millions of women and men have taken to the streets, showing that dictators can be overthrown…

The Quest for Meaning Developing a Philosophy…

In The Quest for Meaning, Tariq Ramadan, philosopher and Islamic scholar, invites the reader to join him on a…

What I Believe

  Tariq Ramadan is very much a public figure, named one of Time magazine's most important innovators of…

Radical Reform : Islamic Ethics and Liberation

The road has not always been smooth and the research and study have been long and sometimes very difficult. The…

In the Footsteps of the Prophet

Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a…

MUSLIMS IN FRANCE The way towards coexistence

MUSLIMS IN FRANCE The Way Towards Coexistence analyses the Muslim presence in France. In Part I, historical and judicial perspectives…

GLOBALISATION Muslim Resistances

(Available in five languages)The era of globalisation is one of upheaval, or more precisely of overturn, which places the domination…

To be a European Muslim

To be a European Muslim addresses some of the fundamental issues born of the several million strong Muslim presence in…

Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity

Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity attempts to demonstrate, using sources which draw upon Islamic thought and civilisation,…

One of the "Best Nonfiction Books of 2004”…

In a Western world suddenly acutely interested in Islam, one question has been repeatdly heard above the din : where…

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Links

University of Oxford

St Antony's College Middle East Centre University of Oxford - Faculty of Theology and Religion…

CISMOR Doshisha Univer…

http://www.cismor.jp/en/top.html…

Présence Musulmane (Am…

http://www.presencemusulmane.org/…

European Muslim Networ…

www.euro-muslims.eu…

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