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Reform (Latin: reformo) means the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc. The use of the word in this way emerges in the late 18th century and is believed to originate from Christopher Wyvill’s Association movement which identified “Parliamentary Reform” as its primary aim. Reform is generally distinguished from revolution. The latter means basic or radical change; whereas reform may be no more than fine tuning, or at most redressing serious wrongs witho ...more


ISLAH. The Arabic term for "reform," islah has come to denote the reform movement in the Islamic world in the last three centuries. In a modern Islamic context, the term primarily refers to the work and writings of Muhammad `Abduh and his disciple, Rashid Rida. The lexicographic and Qur'anic origins of the word also imply meanings of "reconciliation" and, in the words of the master lexicographer Ibn Manzur in Lisan al-`Arab, "the opposite of corruption." Variants of the word appeared in the Qur' ...more

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