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Al-Ijtihad

Definition and Classification. When the Prophet sent Muadh to Yemen, he asked him about the sources on which he would base his judgments and approved of his intention of “putting all his energy into formulating his own judgment” in cases…

CILE Granada Summer School 2016 - new deadline 29/02/2016 !

  EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE FOR our next Granada Summer School!  Courses are aimed at postgraduate level. All sessions will be delivered in English. The fee includes all tutoring, accommodation (in double or triple rooms) and breakfasts for the duration of the course.…

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04 Feb 2016

Al-Ijtihad

Definition and Classification. When the Prophet sent Muadh to Yemen, he asked him about the sources on which he would base his judgments and approved of his intention of “putting all his energy into formulating his own judgment” in cases…

25 Jan 2016

Al-Maslaha (The Common Good)

The notion of maslaha, as a legal term, has given rise to numerous debates since it was first used, principally by the ulama of the Maliki school, against the firm opposition displayed by the Zahiri school, and in particular by…

21 Jan 2016

Maslaha, Ijtihad, and Fatwah

Among the tools listed by the classical ulama who specialized in the fundamentals of law and jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh), we find three basic notions that provide a way of making a connection between universal principles and social realities that change…

15 Jan 2016

Comprehensiveness, The Absolute, And The Evolution

Wherever they find themselves, Muslim women and men try, in their practice and daily lives, to conform as much as possible to Islamic teachings. In this they follow the path of faithfulness, “the path towards the spring,” of which we have…

05 Jan 2016

The Way (Al-Sharia)

In the West, the idea of Sharia calls up all the darkest images of Islam: repression of women, physical punishments, stoning and all other such things. It has reached the extent that many Muslim intellectuals do not dare even to…

31 Dec 2015

Six Major Tendencies 2/2

Political Literalist Salafism. This is the second trend referred to earlier, and it was essentially born of the repression that has ravaged the Muslim world. Scholars and intellectuals originally attached to the legalist reformist school went over to strictly political…

22 Dec 2015

Six Major Tendencies 1/2

The six major tendencies refer here to the different tendencies among those for whom Islam is the reference point for their thinking, their discourse, and their engagement. So-called sociological or cultural Muslims, even if we legitimately consider them Muslims, do…

14 Dec 2015

A Typology of Trends of Thought

The various tendencies we analyze here are evident throughout the world, in the West as well as in Muslim-majority countries. They exist, admittedly with circumstantial divergences, across the Sunni as well as the Shii tradition and they are more or…

07 Jan 2016

CIET/CILE Seminar : 'Introduction to Islamic Ethics'

The Center for Islamic Education De Toekomst (CIET) in collaboration with the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) will organize a two-day seminar entitled “Introduction to Islamic Ethics“, on January 30th and 31st, 2016, at the Education Center…

03 Dec 2015

Revelation: Principles And Tools 2/2

The Qur’an includes various kinds of teaching. Full of oft-repeated stories from the accomplished cycle of prophecy, the Text makes it possible for the heart and mind to deduce, almost naturally, universal principles and truths on the human and ethical…

24 Nov 2015

Revelation: Principles And Tools 1/2

A fundamental aspect of the Islamic tradition is the recognition of the accomplished cycle of prophecy and all the prophets who preceded Muhammad. And one can only understand their meaning and function in human history if one has a clear…

17 Nov 2015

The Humanity of The Being 2/2

The story of creation, as it is told in the Qur’an, is remarkable. It all began, one may say, with a testimony and a covenant. Indeed, Revelation tells us that in the first age of creation the Only One brought…

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Your contributions

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…

06 Aug 2015

"The Crisis of Muslim Identity" by Mehraj Bhat

"All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under." Living within the paradoxically complex nostrums of identities; I sometimes fail to relate my “identity” within the larger canvas of Islamic/Muslim tradition.…

09 Jun 2015

"My Hero in my Homeland in his "home-coming" By Muneeb Majid 

The world is an amazing matrix of relations; we come across a wide spectrum of people, with whom we get to know more about life and more about this matrix. Some of them, we meet in person and others we meet…

16 Mar 2015

"Oceans of Being" By Shamimah Hafezji

All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under. ‘Friends, let us return to the source of pure essence that nothing else can equal.  Remember, we are pearls in the ocean…

16 Mar 2015

"A quick midnight rant on a Science and Religion" By Yasmina Aboufirass

All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under. A few days ago I attended a conference in Brussels on “Science and Religion” (organized by the CILE). As a student I…

02 Mar 2015

"Seasons of Exile" By Aicha Omar

All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under. Junaid reported from Sari aI-Saqati, from Ma'aroof al-Karkhi, from Imam Jaafar (al-Sadeq) who heard it from his noble ancestors that the Prophet…

12 Feb 2015

"Muslims are to blame for the negative image of the deen" By Abubakar N. Kasim

All opinions are that of the author and not necessarily those of the website that it is published under. In the name of Allah The news of the day that is depriving people from having peace of mind is about Muslims. The…

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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…

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Présence Musulmane (Am…

http://www.presencemusulmane.org/…

European Muslim Networ…

www.euro-muslims.eu…

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