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AFGHANI, JAMAL AL-DIN

AFGHANI, JAMALAL-DIN AL-(1838/391897), writer and Pan-Islamist political activist. Controversial during his lifetime, al-Afghani has become since his death one of the most influential figures in the Muslim world, even though his written output was rather small. His influence, especially in the twentieth century,may be seen as owing primarily to three factors: he reflected ideas that have become increasingly popular in the Muslim world since the late nineteenth century, including nationalism, Pan ...more

AESTHETIC THEORY

The absence of a body of written aesthetic theory in Islam before the nineteenth century may be attributed in part to the traditional Islamic disapproval of visual arts and music, but primarily to the lack in Islam of a parallel to the artist's role as it emerged in Europe at the time of the Renaissance. With the exception of great calligraphers, traditional Islamic artists were for the most part anonymous, or their reputations existed within very limited circles of the court or local bazaar. Tr ...more

ADOPTION

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ADAT

One of the most important structural elements of Islamic society in Southeast Asia is adat (Ar., `adat), which denotes refined culture and more specifically local custom and indigenous law, established through practice and repeated precedent. In the Malay world adat should first of all be viewed as a cultural concept that can be understood only within the context of the historical process of islamization. During this process, largely oral traditions were written down and somewhat reformulated. ...more

ADALAH

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ABU DHARR AL-GHIFARI

ABU DHARR AL-GHIFARI (d. 652), companion of the prophet Muhammad and focus of modern ideological debate. As in the case of many other companions of the Prophet, we have a few reports about Abfi Dharr's life and his relation to the early Islamic community. Most of these reports, however, reflect the early schisms of Islamic history. Abu Dharr Jundub ibn Junadah al-Ghifari reportedly came to meet the prophet Muhammad in Mec ...more

ABORTION

The expelling of the fetus from the womb before the period of gestation, abortion has ethical and legal implications in practically all societies, irrespective of prevailing religious traditions. Muslim and Western conceptions of abortion differ, both with respect to unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Within the Islamic system, procreation of the human species is regarded as one of the most important aspects of marriage. A Muslim may not terminate pregnancy on the grounds of it being unplanned ...more

ABLUTIONS

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ABIM

The Muslim organization Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia or the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement was officially registered on 1'7 August 1972 in Selangor state, after operating as a loose forum of concerned Muslim activists from 1969 to 1971. Its major objectives, as contained in its Articles of Association, were as follows: to establish and propagate Islamic tenets and principles as enshrined in the Qur'an and the sunnah; to spread and defend, in a progressive manner, the Islamic message, in parti ...more

ABDURRAHMAN WAHID

ABDURRAHMAN WAHID (7 September 1940 – 30 December 2009) the articale need changes as ABDURRAHMAN WAHID died. ----------------------------------------------------------------------   , Indonesian Islamic thinker, writer, and politician. One of the most influential Muslim intellectual leaders in Indonesia today, Abdurrahman Wahid is also a popular columnist on cultural, social, and politic ...more

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