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Ḥasan Ḥanafī is a Muslim liberal leftist thinker who has been and still is a professor in philosophy at Cairo University since 1988. His vast knowledge on a broad field of philosophy and religion has given him many positions and invitations throughout his career. Ḥanafī's political understanding of...
Dutch scholar Johannes Jansen contributed an essay – ‘The Religious Roots of Muslim Violence’ – to a 2011 anthology entitled, ‘Terrorism: Ideology, Law, and Policy’. In it he makes the case that violence and terrorism are part and parcel of the Islamic religion, traceable to its root sources at...
Polemics are poison to interfaith relations. Unfortunately the salve of dialogue and cooperation often fails to make as wide an impression, leaving wary religious communities under the assumption of mutual opposition. Polemics reduces ambiguity and nuance, allowing the non-specialist citizen to...
Our November 4 review of Prof. Hans Jansen’s article “Copts” in Hoeiboei, on October 14th led Jansen to write that “Most arguments in defence of Islam are known in The Netherlands for what they are, it makes little sense to repeat these another time. With best wishes, Hans Jansen.” [ In Dutch: De...
Al-Sayid Turkī writes about the achievements of western orientalists.
In the following lines, Dr. Muhammad Sakrān denotes the positive and objective stances of Western intellectuals toward Islam.
The author discusses the controversy surrounding the appointment of a Jewish- American academic to the Faculty of Mass Communication at Cairo University.
The writer is advocating Arab Muslim scholars to study in the West and address orientalists in intellectual and cultural seminars.
The author reviews a book by late thinker Edward Sa‘īd titled ‘Orientalism,’ in which he affirmed that European Orientalists were not preoccupied with what they had seen with their own eyes in the East, inasmuch as with the image embedded in their own minds about it.
Despite the time-honored calumnies of the West against Islam, this text notes that the West does not have a monolithic stance towards Islam. It quotes three Western testimonies in favor of Islam and suggests ways that the Islamic world can work towards improving relations with the West.
Dr. Jason Thompson, history professor at AUC, emphasizes the role that orientalists have played in intercultural understanding.
The author raises a question: Is rejecting the other a characteristic confined to Islamic culture? She writes that the reason behind her question is to compare between the strength of the religion [of Islam] and the strength of its followers on the international level. She also analyzes the reasons...
The author comments on the “lovers of takfir” [those who love to accuse others of disbelief]. Instead of attracting people to Islam, “the lovers of takfir” do their best to prove that accused Muslims parted from Islam. There is also another group, non-Muslims, particularly orientalists, that...
Prof. Dr. Kruk of Leiden University explained the program for Islamic studies in cooperation with the Azhar and some religious institutions in Indonesia and Leiden University. This program is an important development in the area of oriental studies that can open a free and fruitful dialogue between...
German orientalist Tillman Nagel, director of the Arab and Islamic Studies Institution at the German University of Goetingen, speaks about the role of orientalists in explaining Islam to the West. He comments on globalization, the West´s campaign against Islam, the Palestinian and Iraqi issues...
The concept of ‘terrorism’ is still indefinable. The term ‘roots of terrorism’ is even more ambiguous. It has thus become very easy to link terrorism to Islam and to claim that the ‘roots of terrorism’ find a suitable environment in Islam, or in Islamic fundamentalism, as a deviation from the true...
Professor Bruce B. Lawrence, the head of the religions department of the Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is the author of the book Islam Beyond Violence, in which he defended the religion many Western writers allege as one that urges believers to be extreme and violent and assault...
Attacks upon Islam in the Western media is taken as a sign of Western democracy and freedom of expression. The matter has reached a point where the West is distorting the Qur´an through translation. Translations by German Orientalists are partial and not complete. Even some Orientalists who do...
The rage against Islam did not start with September 11 but September 11 brought the already existing feelings in the open. Therefore, Muslims have to move from within the Western nations, speak their language and use the logic they understand in order to remove the preconceived ideas and...
The author of the article comments on a book about the Prophet Muhammad by the Christian writer Nabīl Louqā Bibāwī. He explains that while Christian and Jewish clerics added to their holy books, the Islamic faith remained unchanged.

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