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My mentor mentioned for “peace intelligence”

For those who know me and the kind of work that I do, you will know by now of my mentor and intellectual guide Professor Akbar Ahmed. Here is a nice biography of Professor Ahmed, who the renowned American historian Professor Stanley Wolpert called “the greatest scholar of Islam in America and the world… nobody…… Continue reading My mentor mentioned for “peace intelligence”

Quoted

Quoted: ‘Love is wise, hatred is foolish’ in Bertrand Russell video interview

Poems

Poem: Pub lesson

Listen to others. Keep your mind open to new ideas. But when you know someone is wrong, pounce on that. Explain to them why they’re wrong. Don’t hold back. Show no mercy to inferior thoughts. You’ve your mind, your convictions. At the end of the day, what else do you have? No point in wasting…… Continue reading Poem: Pub lesson

Pictures

Picture: Where I think sometimes

On the porch in Needham

Quoted

Quote: On intellect

Intellect separates the fact considered from you, from all local and personal reference, and discerns it as if it existed for its own sake … Intellect is void of affection and sees an object as it stands in the light of science, cool and disengaged.  The intellect goes out of the individual, floats over its own personality,…… Continue reading Quote: On intellect

Religion

Religion: A ‘modernist’ Muslim for all those who think they’ve never existed

Saiyid Ahmad Khan was the founder of Islamic modernism, that is, the development in Islamic thought which bears comparison with the development of higher criticism and modernism in Christian thought. He was deeply concerned that Islam should make sense in the light of Western science; he was no less concerned that Muslims should be reconciled…… Continue reading Religion: A ‘modernist’ Muslim for all those who think they’ve never existed

Sociology

Recommended reading: ‘Islam Under Siege’

Akbar Ahmed’s Islam Under Siege is an attempt to make sense of a rapidly transforming and dangerous world where ‘Westerners’ and ‘Muslims’ (as if the to are not inclusive!) are often pitted against each other as mortal enemies.  In his analysis, Ahmed explains what is going wrong in the Muslim world; why it is going…… Continue reading Recommended reading: ‘Islam Under Siege’