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My article – Islam’s Moderate (Wasatiyah) Vision and Jihad Through Service to the Environment

(Note: This article was published by Eurasia Review (4 November 2015), click here) By Mustazah Bahari and Muhammad Haniff Hassan In August 2015, Islamic Declaration for Climate Change was pronounced to signify Muslims’ contribution to conservation work and motivate other Muslims to the cause. This declaration, in particular, and environmental conservation work, in general is significant because, a) … Continue reading

Responding to the Abuse of Hijrah Concept for Mobilizing Muslims to Syria and Iraq

Responding to the Abuse of Hijrah Concept for Mobilizing Muslims to Syria and Iraq[1] (Note: This article was published by Eurasia Review, 30 June 2015) Muhammad Haniff Hassan The idea of hijrah or migration has a special place in the history of Muslims. It denotes the flight of Prophet Muhammad and the early Muslims to … Continue reading

Just sharing – The Middle Ground of Islamic Civilisation: The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah

To access or download, please click here. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, “The Middle Ground of Islamic Civilisation: The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah”, Journal of Civilisational Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, October, 2008, pp. 7-41. Abstract Is there such a thing as ‘moderate Islam’, and if so, what form does it take? The events of September 11, 2001, and … Continue reading

Just sharing – Islam and Exceptionalism in American Political Discourses

To access or download, please click here Peter Mandaville, “Islam and Exceptionalism in American Political Discourses”, PS: Political Science & Politics (April 2013), 46 (2), pp. 235-239 Abstract The phenomenal success achieved by Islamic political parties in the wake of the Arab uprisings of 2011 is one of the most significant and frequently noted developments to follow … Continue reading

Just sharing – Muslim politics without an “Islamic” state

Ahmed T. Kuru, Brookings Doha Centre, Policy Briefing, February 2013. To access or download, please click here.

IDSS Commentaries – Contesting Islamists’ Absolutism on the Islamic State

(c) Muhammad Haniff Hassan*, IDSS Commentaries (52/2006), 14 June 2006. —————————————- A significant segment of Islamists not only believe that establishing an Islamic state is obligatory upon all Muslims but they also view the obligation as a principle of the Islamic faith that cannot be compromised. In their view, Muslims who do not subscribe to, or challenge … Continue reading

IDSS Commentaries – Recognising the teachers of religion: Some food for thought

(c) Muhammad Haniff Hassan*, IDSS Commentaries (9/2006), 7 February 2006. Published in The Straits Times, “Islamic teachers can learn to agree to disagree”, 9 February 2006. —————————————- ONE of the suggestions in the White Paper on the arrest of Jemaah Islamiyah members published by the Singapore Government was for the Muslim community to develop a comprehensive self-regulatory system … Continue reading

IDSS Commentaries – Can Islam be contextualised?

Muhammad Haniff Hassan*, IDSS Commentaries (66/2005), 30 September 2005. Published in The Straits Times, “Putting Islamic teaching in context ”, 7 October 2005. ————————————— TO some Muslims, the notion of one God, one Holy Book, one Qiblah (direction of prayer), one ummah and one brotherhood means that there is only one way to practise Islam. It also means … Continue reading

IDSS Commentaries – Islam, Pluralism and Multi-culturalism

(c) Muhammad Haniff Hassan*, IDSS Commentaries (63/2005), 9 September 2005. ————————————— EXTREMISTS often see the world in a binary Manichean perspective: ‘us’ versus ‘them’. Similarly, Muslim extremists see the world to be in a constant battle between believers and disbelievers. All disbelievers are perceived to be in some sort of a conspiracy to destroy the believers. They … Continue reading

IDSS Commentaries – Saudi Arabia After Fahd: Prospect For Change and Reform

(c) Muhammad Haniff Hassan*, IDSS Commentaries (55/2005), 16 August 2005. ————————————— WHEN King Fahd suffered a stroke in 1995 that incapacitated him, the day-to-day running of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia passed to his half-brother, Crown Prince Abdullah. Many observers and political leaders had speculated on what would happen to the country should the King pass on. … Continue reading

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