Abdul Karim Abdullah

Abdul Karim Abdullah

Abdul Karim Abdullah @ Leslie Terebessy is an Assistant Research Fellow at IAIS Malaysia.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 16:35

Rumi on education, spirituality and renewal

Jalaluddin Rumi, a Persian mystic poet, lived during the closing years of the Golden Age of the Islamic civilisation, the Abbasid caliphate (750 – 1258 C.E.) He was born in 1207 in Khorasan, present day Afghanistan, three years after the end of the Fourth Crusade and twelve years before the Mongol invasion of Muslim lands. He died in 1273, 15 years after the destruction of Bagdad in 1258. His works have been translated into 23 languages and sold in the millions of copies. He has fans all over the world and is the best selling poet in the US. In the Muslim world his work occupies a place comparable to that of Shakespeare.......... [click here to download the full article in pdf ]



Fazlur Rahman, the leading Muslim modernist intellectual, aimed at reviving Islamic thought. He distinguished between ‘normative Islam’ and ‘historical Islam’, challenging his contemporaries to re-interpret tradition. Rahman had reservations about literalist interpretations of the Qur’an; he stressed that context was important for an understanding of the text. He saw the purpose of the Qur’an as being to establish an ethical and just society where the weak and vulnerable would be protected and where the talented could develop to their full potential without being overly restricted. He did not, therefore, simply support the views of secularists, who saw no role for Islam in the modern public sphere............ [click here to download the full article in pdf ]



Saturday, 11 November 2017 14:23

Art and Islam

Art focuses upon the experience of the beautiful. It aims at excellence and perfection. Every work of true art is unique. Art is striking. When a person reads a work of art, e or she feels that this work of art speaks to the heart. It is for this reason that art is “captivating”. Art relays this experience by different types of representation. Architecture is a well-known Islamic art form, as is calligraphy. Art also encompasses poetry, plays, stories, music, sculpture and painting............. Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


Friday, 05 May 2017 15:03

Reducing polarisation in the world

There are wars happening in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. A million Muslims died in Afghanistan. Another million Muslims are reported to have died in Iraq. More people are dying and being displaced in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. After the demise of the caliphate in 1924, it appears that polarisation between Muslims and non-Muslims is getting worse. The clash of civilisations is fast becoming a grim reality............ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


Much has been said about the importance of education and the knowledge based society. Yet the results appear to be elusive. Despite singnificant expenditure on education, graduates seem to lack important skills. One is  a lack of proficiency in English. Another is a limited ability to communicate. A lack of confidence also seems to be a problem. Why is this the case? ..................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


When Muslim students take up the study of English literature, it is typically for the purpose of improving their English, much in demand in today’s world. While this is no doubt a worthy motivation, a systematic study of literature can bring additional benefits.

For example, a focused study of literature can help develop what are known as “higher order or critical thinking skills.” The higher order thinking skills include the recollection and application of knowledge. They also include analysis, synthesis and evaluation. These skills are developed within the discipline known as literary criticism..................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


Wednesday, 08 April 2015 15:19

FAQs on Islamic Banking and Finance

This article offers answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Education, Islamic Banking and Finance, and Economics, such as; What vision of education does IAIS espouse? What are the conditions for meeting the IAIS vision of education? What challenges need to be overcome?.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Education is a means of gaining knowledge and developing good habits. There is no greater asset that a young person can obtain than a good a education. An uneducated or poorly educated person is unlikely to have a good life. Talented individuals may find ways to servive, but for the uneducated........... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Monday, 16 February 2015 17:00

Islam and Literature (revised)

Literature is a collection of writing on a particular topic or specific area, with the purpose of conveying knowledge or awareness of one kind or another to the reader. There is literature as art as well as literature on the subject of science. Literature as art differs from scientific literature in important ways. This is due to differences between art and science, as different ways of comprehending and articulating insight about reality. Science is typically classified into natural (empirical) science and........... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:00

Effective way to fight radicalism

Moderate Muslims should take collective and coordinated action against all who commit violence in the name of Islam. Radicalisation is a process of moving from moderation towards adopting extreme positions. It signals a tranformation of a person........... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

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