Karim Crow

Karim Crow

Karim Douglas Crow is a Principal Research Fellow at IAIS Malaysia.

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 17:50

Islamic Art – Form and Meaning

One of the most remarkable and significant languages that Islam speaks is the language of art and form embodying meaning. This language in truth directly reaches the human heart and mind and touches all creatures, expressing the eternal essential truth that Islam brought—for that truth is best embodied in an artistic way. As the Prophet Muhammad stated: ‘God is Beauty and He loves Beauty.’............ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


Wednesday, 14 September 2011 10:57

Peace & Security: Islamic Perspectives

IAIS Malaysia & Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) will convene a One-Day Forum highlighting Islamic teachings on Peace & Security from Islamic perspectives. Seven speakers offer presentations addressing theoretical and pragmatic issues on how Islam conceives of peaceful relations within society, and harmonious relations between nations.


Venue: IDFR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jalan Wisma Putra, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Date: 4rth October 2011 (Tuesday)


Time: 09:00am - 04:30pm


Read more from the event link here >> Peace & Security Forum,  Tuesday 4th October 2011


by Katherine Marshall, Executive Director, The World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs (Georgetown University – Washington D.C.)


Read more from the event link here >> IAIS Seminar,  Monday 9th August 2010


The energy required for transforming Muslim thinking and action must arise from within Islam itself. Jihad is one of Islam’s most potent concepts having a complex history and tradition. The challenging task of re-conceptualizing Jihad is a matter of great urgency. Islamic Peaceful-Action is offered in humility and with an awareness of its possible perceived inadequacy among many Muslims. This is a sketch demanding more refined comprehensive treatment, and testing in different Muslim societies. Yet there is utility in this example of re-conceptualization if it helps to provoke other attempts at re-appropriating critical concepts. And God knows best......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


Friday, 01 July 2011 13:35

JIHAD–A Bird’s Eye View

In Islamic experience Jihad joined two primary meanings:  Peaceful Striving inviting to revealed truth as an individual inner spiritual discipline through self-sacrifice and suffering; and Combative Struggle as the external social and political manifestation of this primary interior attitude. This basic distinction between individual and communal levels of activity provides the ideal goal for Muslim religious striving in all its forms. This essay offers a concise overview of Jihad and its continuing existential significance for the Muslim community today.......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


What was the original context and significance of ‘peace’ in Islam? The concept of salm ‘peace-security’ in early Muslim experience is re-examined from linguistic and historical aspects, and aligned with the contemporary understanding of Human Security......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


Wednesday, 02 March 2011 09:07

Winds of Change Sweep The Arab World

middle east protest

Last December 17th Mohamed Bouaziz, the unemployed Tunisian college graduate turned street vendor, set himself ablaze with gasoline after officials in his town of Sidi Bouzid prevented him from selling vegetables without permission. He never imagined that his final desperate act would ignite astonishing uprisings across the entire Middle East, forcing Presidents Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, and then Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, to abandon their decades-long rule of ruthless repression. Blasts of fresh air are invigorating the Middle East in the most profound transformation since the fall of the Ottoman dynasty........ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Monday, 19 October 2009 11:19

Civilisational Islam in Malaysia

ubudiah_mosque“There is nothing to fear about Islam,” Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak stated recently as he urged Malaysian public and private universities to work on developing their intellectual infrastructure. “I am a great believer of Islam Hadhari” Najib affirmed, adding this civilisational approach to Islam “is something we will continue to propagate” when he takes over as Prime Minister after March 2009. In Tashkent last month the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov declared to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi: “We want to emulate Malaysia” ....Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
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