The Research Project aims to address contemporary issues in light of the Qur‚ÄôƒÅn and Sunna, and to present the research findings in a format suitable to Western educated audience in a non-apologetic style.
It ran from 4:20 AM, 8 May 2009 to 4:20 AM, 8 May 2009
Objectives To produce academic research papers on contemporary modernist and orientalist challenges to the correct understanding of Islam. Proposed Research Areas ‚Ä¢ Islam and Human Rights ‚Ä¢ Islam and Women‚Äôs Rights ‚Ä¢ Islam and Secularism ‚Ä¢ Islamic Modernism ‚Ä¢ Islam and criminal justice ‚Ä¢ A comparison between religious tolerance in Islamic and Christian history. ‚Ä¢ Reply to the critics of the personality of the Prophet (salalahu alaihi wa sallam), ‚Ä¢ Defence of the Khulafa Rashideen, ‚Ä¢ Islam - the religion of mercy, not a religion of terror ‚Ä¢ Reply to the HÃ£adƒ´th Rejecters, ‚Ä¢ Reply to the opponents of plural marriage, ‚Ä¢ Reply to the call for Unity of Religions. ‚Ä¢ The correct understanding of ijtihƒÅd. Some of the areas above are very broad, particularly the first five. The research may focus on a number of issues under each particular heading. For example under ‚ÄúIslam and Women‚Äôs Rights‚Äù the research may examine the issue of women and leadership / imaamship, the verse stating ‚Äòbeat them (lightly)‚Äù and the issue of two women witnesses. All research papers will be published in English. Methodology The Islamic Research Project will examine contemporary English books and articles about Islam by Orientalists, Muslim modernists, and Muslim feminists. The research will clarify the mistakes and misconceptions that these works contain. All of the research will conducted according the principles laid down in the Qur‚ÄôƒÅn and Sunna as understand by the Salaf -us-Salih. Works by major scholars of ahl-sunna, both past and present will be consulted. Given that the research is aimed at a Western audience, qualitative social science research tools will be used including discourse analysis, content analysis, register theory and historical research. A literature review will be conducted prior to the research to ensure that the researcher is not duplicating existing work. The Researchers All research staff will meet the following criteria: ‚Ä¢ fluency in both English and Arabic ‚Ä¢ following the methodology of the Salaf -us-Salih ‚Ä¢ qualified in Islamic Studies from a reputable institute, or alternatively an ijƒÅza from a scholar ‚Ä¢ knowledge of social science research tools Organisational Structure The Islamic Research Project will come under the Call to Islam Education Centre, a registered charity. Hence all donations will be tax exempt. The project will be managed by the Chairman of the Call to Islam Education Centre. Two full- time researchers will be employed.
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