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Muslims must 'grow up' amid growing threat of sectarianism
Muslim scholars who appear to get easily 'hurt' by opinions and interpretations of Islam outside their own schools of thought have been told to be more realistic.
"My message to them is 'grow up'," said Dr Syed Farid Alatas, the prominent Malaysian professor who heads the Department of Malay Studies at the National University of Singapore.Alatas was responding to a question posed by a participant during a seminar yesterday on the growing threat of sectarianism among Muslims, organised by three local Islamic organisations.
Besides him, other speakers at the seminar, themed "Islam Without Sectarianism" and moderated by well-known writer and social critic Dr Farish Noor, were Prof Karim Crow from the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), Dr Haidar Bagir from Indonesia's Paramadina University, and Dr Mohamad Hashim Kamali, chairman of IAIS who delivered the inaugural speech......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Maqasid (Higher Objectives) of Shariah
Maqasid made simple
The Fragments of Heraclitus
When reading the fragments of Heraclitus, we are reading what a dozen people a long time ago said Heraclitus said a long time ago. We are reaching back two thousand, five hundred years. We are also listening to words that have lived and flourished in very different civilisations, religions, and eras.
Sources for the fragments include Aristotle, Plato, Theophrastus, Polybius, Plutarch, Clement of Alexandria, Plotinus and Albertus Magnus. They all understood Heraclitus in their own ways, sometimes as contrast to and sometimes as confirmation of their own thinking. But what did “logos,” for example, mean to the translators into Arabic? They seem to have understood it as “language,” making it the basis for a new word in their own language, lughat. And what happened to the word six hundred years later when it got to John 1:1?........ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)