Archive for the ‘Islamic Movements’ Category

Weaknesses of Islamic Movements

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Here is an excerpt from Islamic Movement: An Overview, published by the Shah Foundation.

Eminent Iraqi scholar Dr. Taha Jabir al Alwani in his monograph Missing Dimensions In Contemporary Islamic Movements has highlighted some of the very fundamental weakness of the Islamic movements:

1.      The Islamic movements have become tainted with a partisan mentality; they have allowed themselves to turn into groups at odds with the higher interest of Islam. Indeed they have become incapable of carrying out any form of collective work within the body politic. That is why they have become easy targets of others to isolate or destroy them.

2.       Some of the Islamic movements are confused about distinction between the sacred texts with human interpretation and jurisprudence of ijtihad based on these texts.

3.      This confusion of the divine and the human has resulted in some of these movements claiming that they are the sole possession of the Truth, thus conferring on their own human thought and ijtihad the sanctity of fundamental texts. By the same token, they have expropriated the historical achievements of the Muslim community as a whole and credited it to themselves through the claim that they are the only extension or embodiment of the historical reality.

4.      Some Islamic movements have deluded themselves into believing that they could do without intellectual effort or ijtihad so long as they had the Quran and the Sunnah to hand. By thinking along these lines they have failed to link the Islamic text with the real world and lost the ability to actualize the faith. Some of them have indeed launched themselves as full-fledged organization well before determining or reforming the world of their thoughts. It followed that they began to haphazardly select notions from the real world and Muslim tradition in order to respond to the requirements of their organizations and everyday activities instead of proceeding in the light of sound and rational judgment.

5.      Besides their claim to encapsulate, through their ideological platforms, the whole faith, many of these movements have claimed to embody, through organization and membership- and to the exclusion of all other groups- the whole Muslim community. This cannot but be the result of intellectual immaturity and a juvenile fondness for exclusiveness and theatrics.

6.      Despite their untiring verbal commitment to the Quran and the Sunnah, these movements have failed to draw up appropriate programmes for themselves, thus reflecting a poor grasp of the methodological foundations of Islamic doctrines and Shariah. Indeed methodology constitutes the cornerstone towards the development of comprehensive Islamic discourse capable of implementing the ultimate objectives of the Islamic message.

7.      Since the beginning of modern contacts with the West, the Islamic discourse has been marching on the spot, stranded as it were, between high and low tide, between progression and retrogression. At times when all-out mobilization of effort and resources was needed to ward off an outside danger, it rose to the occasion; however, during times of construction and development, the Islamic discourse seemed – almost everywhere- pathetically lacking in vigour and wholeness. Be that as it may, an analysis of the silent characteristics of the present Islamic discourse ought to instill among the Islamic activists more awareness towards rectifying the form and content of Islamic discourse to make it more viable in an age fraught with intellectual and other challenges.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Arab Spring

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Want a broken down, straightforward, and hilarious way to define the countries involved in the Arab spring? Look no further.

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UChicago: Islamic Movements in South Asia

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Although it’s a bit lengthy, this lecture presented by the University of Chicago’s Center for International Studies is really very informative, and presents the often overlooked social and political aspects of Islamic Movements.


Islam, the Modern World, and the West

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Modern Islamic Movements have been sprouting all over the Middle East, especially since the Arab Spring. But what are the the movements in different Islamic States and why are they happening? You can find all this out here, on a great website which organizes Islamic movements in different countries by their regions.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Prism a research project devoted to the studying of radical Islamic Movements around the world. Prism studies Islamic networks though means of communication focusing on ones that use the Internet. Prism also focuses their research on sources written in Arabic. Prism was founded in 2002 and since then has been focusing on conducting their research and being recognized by scholars around the world.

There’s a New Ikhwan in Town…

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

And they’re in english! Ikhwan Web is said to be the official website of the Ikhwan, and lucky for us, it’s in english. This website also covers the basics about information, forums, and news about the Ikhwan al Muslimeen. A particular part of their web page is about Islamic Movements in the Arab world.

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What’s going on, Lebanon?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The Masar Association has worked to create a thorough, in-depth study about the concepts of the Islamic movements in Lebanon. The study begins by going through the basic movements and an intro on Lebanese Islamic Movements, the methodology behind these movements, and the vastly diverse sects of Muslims within Lebanon these movements affect.

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Islamists Parties and Democracy

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The Journal of Democracy has published a small journal article, briefly discussing the types of Islamic movements, nonviolent and violent movements, and the reality of “Islamic Modernization.”

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Ask the Ikhwan!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

There are two sides to every Islamic movement. There are those who seem more liberal, and those who seem more extreme. Here’s a name we seem to be hearing more and more within the media: Ikhwan al Muslimeen, meaning “The Islamic Brotherhood.” If you’d like to know what they’re really about, all you have to do is check out their pre approved website, Ikhwan Scope! 

A more interesting article might be the case study about Islamic Movements in Egypt. The Ikhwan has become a political party that seems to be gaining rise within Egpytian politics. Here is their view on Islam and Islamic Reformists in Egypt.


Islamic Movements Around the World

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Islamic Movements around the World  by Hossam Tamam is about the controversy of Islamic Movements from the authors experiences. The author discusses the Political and Prophetical motivations and where those lines are blurred. The author analyzes the effects of Unity and Reform. All of this is done on a country by country base so the read gets a full picture of the situation in each country.