We are delighted to welcome you to Kalam Research & Media (KRM)’s first monthly newsletter to bring you regular updates of our research projects, partnerships, conferences, workshops, and publications.
KRM is a leading think tank founded by Dr Aref Ali Nayed for the development of Islamic theology and we aim to bring the contemporary concerns of our complex societies in conversation with both contemporary and historical approaches from within the Islamic intellectual tradition. Our aim is to provide scholars, from the religious and secular domains, with a nuanced understanding of Islamic theology and greater sensitivity to contemporary issues whilst also reaching out to the informed public on the Big Questions of our times. We hope to provide a safe intellectual space for vibrant engagements by classical and contemporary Muslim theologians and engage with secular, theological and spiritual trends emerging in our communities, and contextualize these trends within a traditional yet robust, vibrant and sophisticated theological and spiritual framework.
KRM is set to publish several groundbreaking works in 2016-2017. From monographs and critical editions, to state-of-the-art research and translations of classical and post-classical works, all will be part of KRM’s fast growing catalogue. Aside from these publications, KRM will also organize and be present, through its affiliated institutions and scholars, at several conferences, seminars and workshops throughout the year to further this engagement.
Our offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Amman, and Kuala Lumpur act as hubs for national, regional and global intellectual collaboration and our newsletter will help us connect to you and to an ever-widening network of scholars, researchers and interested readers.
Sohail Nakhooda Executive Director Kalam Research & Media (KRM)
God, Nature, and the Cause by Basil Altaie
Libyan Independence and the United Nations by Adrian Pelt
Vatican Engagements: A Muslim Theologian’s Journey by Aref Ali Nayed
The Book of Aphorisms and Prayers by Imam Muhammed Tarabulsi
Traditional Bosnia: Islamic Theological, Philosophical & Logical Studies by Enes Karic
The philosophical conflict of religion and science is one of the most compelling and controversial issues today. Many intellectuals, scholars and philosophers from the West representing Christian and Jewish philosophical traditions have addressed this burning question but little has been heard from their counterparts in the Muslim tradition.
What do Muslims have to say on the subject, and what is the relationship between modern scientific developments and Muslim belief? What is the Islamic tradition of kalam, and does it have anything to contribute to modern science and philosophy? These are some of the critical questions addressed by Basil Altaie in his latest book God, Nature, and the Cause: Essays on Islam and Science.
Altaie, physicist and philosopher rooted in classical Islamic theology, argues that the kalam tradition – Islam’s deepest philosophical expression – provides a number of insights that can create a greater understanding of modern physics, and reconcile the apparent clash between science and religion. In this riveting set of essays, Altaie takes us from the early circles of Mu’tazili and Ash’ari kalam, to the universities of Western Europe, in a critical survey that engages thinkers like Ash’ari, Al-Ghazali, Ibn Sina, Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Laplace, Schrödinger, and others. This is an unprecedented and fascinating study, available in English for the first time through Kalam Research & Media. This book provides an important resource for practitioners of philosophy, science, and theology, and offers an invaluable and timely contribution on Islam and its interaction with modern science.
Dr. Basil Altaie is Professor of Quantum Cosmology at Yarmouk University, Jordan. Over the last 30 years he has lectured on physics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, teaching Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Classical Electrodynamics, Quantum Electrodynamics, Scientific Thinking, Mathematical Physics, History and the Philosophy of Science.
As Libya navigates its rocky transition, understanding Libya’s historical experience of the constitutional drafting process is imperative. Chronicling the events that took place leading to the creation of an independent Libyan state, Adrian Pelt’s Libyan Independence and the United Nations: A Case of Planned Decolonization narrates the process of decolonization, and offers the most detailed analysis available of the constitutional drafting process that occurred. This exhaustive volume highlights the extensive process undertaken by Pelt to seek the input of Libya’s towns, regions, and tribes into what would become the country’s foundational constitution.
The author, Adrian Pelt, was appointed by the United Nations as High Commissioner for Libya by the UN in 1949. Pelt initiated the discussions, which brought together representatives from all parts of Libya to contribute to the drafting of the Libyan Constitution through the National Constituent Assembly.
A Muslim Theologian’s Journey in Muslim-Catholic Dialogue
ByAref Ali Nayed
This volume brings together the writings of Dr. Aref Ali Nayed, one of the Muslim world’s leading theologians, tracing his engagement and dialogue with the Catholic Church and with Catholic scholarship. He lived for many years in Rome, where he studied Catholic theology and taught Islamic theology. For the last two decades, he has been one of the most articulate Muslim interlocutors with the Catholic tradition and a leading Muslim exponent of contemporary interfaith dialogue.
This volume includes his famous critique of Pope Benedict XVI’s Regensburg lecture and the subsequent debate and engagement with Catholic scholars on a range of theological and inter-faith issues. Dr. Nayed’s writings are characterized by a profound respect for all people of faith along with a deep reverence for his own faith and the rich scholarly traditions of Islam and reflect an acute awareness of the modern world and its intellectual currents.
Dr. Aref Ali Nayed is Ambassador of Libya to the United Arab Emirates and is the Founder and Director of Kalam Research & Media (KRM). He is Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme and a member of the Board of Advisors of the John Templeton Foundation. He was Professor at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome) and the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization (Malaysia), Fellow of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute in Jordan. His scholarly works including Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing: A Muslim Response to ‘A Muscat Manifesto’ (KRM, 2010); Duties of Proximity: Towards a Theology of Neighborliness (KRM, 2010); and, co-authored with Jeff Mitscherling and Tanya Ditommaso, The Author’s Intention (Lexington Books, 2004). His recently published book is Operational Hermeneutics: Interpretation as the Engagement of Operational Artifacts (KRM, 2011).
By Muhammed Ali Al-Kkharrubi Al-Tarabulsi Edited by Aref Ali Nayed
The Book of Aphorisms and Prayers by Imam Muhammad b. Ali al-Kharrubi al-Tarabulsi (d.963 AH/ 1555 CE) closely follows the methodology of Ibn ‘Ata’Illah al-Iskandari and represents the summation of Kharrubi’s experience on the path of knowledge and Sufism. The editor relied on two manuscripts, one of the aphorisms themselves and the other from the author’s own commentary on the aphorisms. This critical edition was completed by Dr. Aref Ali Nayed over 20 years ago, but sees his first print under KRM.
New Publication by Dr Enes Karic on the Contribution of Bosnian Scholarship to the Islamic Intellectual Sciences
Our new publication, Traditional Bosnia: Islamic Theological, Philosophical and Logical Studies from the 15th Century Onwards, by Dr Enes Karic, written in Bosnian, details the contributions of Bosnian scholarship to the Islamic Intellectual Sciences. Located between Northern Europe and at the doorway of Asia Bosnia’s intellectual history is one of many key crossroads in the Balkans. Unknown to many, and rarely researched until recently, is Bosnia’s rich intellectual tradition of the traditional Islamic sciences.
This important book is published by Kalam Research and Media (KRM) in association with the Centre for Advanced Studies (CNR) in Sarajevo and the John Templeton Foundation.
Dr. Enes. Karic is Professor of Qur’anic studies at the Faculty of Islamic studies, Sarajevo, having previously served as Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports for the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, is considered one of the leading Islamic scholars of his region.
THE EMANATIONS OF THE DIVINE By Shihab al-Din Ahmad b. Ahmad al-Zway
The Emanations of the Divine is a short commentary in Arabic on poetic primer on creed by the master scholar, Ahmad al-Marzuqi (d.1281 AH/1864 CE), written by the late Libyan scholar Shihab al-Din Ahmad b. Ahmad al-Zway (d.1418 AH/1997 CE).
It was authored with the intention of teaching young students in the Sufi lodges and madrasas, and in accordance with the principles of the Ash’ari school of Sunni theology. The text also contains a summary account of the Holy Prophet’s life, peace and blessings be upon him, his family, and his companions.
KRM Wins Awards at Cairo Media and Artworks Mondial
Kalam Research & Media was honored to be invited to the fifth Cairo Media and Artworks Mondial in November 2016. Under the patronage of Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, the General Union of Arab Producers granted a Certificate of Appreciation to Kalam Research and Media for their efforts to support the Arab joint action in the field of creativity and media.
Besides, Mr. Ezzedine Abdul Kareem, Deputy Head of the Union of Arab Producers for Radio and Television, and Director of the Audiovisual Production Division at Kalam Research and Media was honored by JASCO for Satellite Broadcasting in Jordan. Director of JASCO, Dr. Ziad Khidhr, presented the award to Mr. Abdul Kareem in the presence of the Chairman of the Union of Arab Producers for Radio and Television and Head of the Cairo Artworks and Media Mondial, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Zikry.
Mr. Ezzedine Abdul Kareem was also honored by Dr. Sameer Abdul Razzaq, Head of the Creative Division, and Dr. Mohamed Basyouni, the Regional Director of the California International College. The award was presented to Mr. Abdul Kareem by General Shehata Khamis, Dean of the In-flight Services Academy.
Mr. Ezzedine Abdul Kareem has been also honored by Dr. Sameer Abdul Razzaq, Head of the Creative Division, and Dr. Mohamed Basyouni, the Regional Director of the California International College. The award was presented to Mr. Abdul Kareem by General Shehata Khamis, Dean of the In-flight Services Academy. The event was conducted on the sidelines of the Fifth Session of the Cairo Artworks and Media Mondial.
KRM Opens Partner Office in Kuala Lumpur
We are delighted to announce our new Kalam Research & Media office in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur in partnership with the Islamic and Strategic Studies Institute (ISSI). Malaysia is a hub for Southeast Asia for technology, commerce, and learning, through its cosmopolitan ethnic mix and robust academic institutions, and our Kuala Lumpur office will help us connect to scholarly communities not only in Malaysia but also in Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and Australia.
KRM’s Chairman, Dr Aref Ali Nayed, together with KRM-ISSI Director, Dr Amran Muhammad, and in the presence of the Jordanian scholar Sheikh Saeed Foudeh, officially opened the new office on 22nd March 2016. In our next newsletter we will detail the various initiatives currently underway at our KL office.
KRM Holds Joint Conference with Al-Azhar on Religious Education in Libya
Kalam Research Amman in cooperation with Al-Azhar International Graduates Association, conducted a teleconferencing workshop on “Al Azhar and Priorities of Preaching (Da’wa) and Education (Ta’leem) in Libya: A Vision for the Future” on 30 July 2016.
Topics discussed include the historical relationship between Al-Azhar University and Libyan scholars, the challenges facing scholars from extremist ideologies and solutions for restoring traditional scholarship and the ethics of forgiveness, compassion, love, coexistence and brotherhood to help resolve violent conflicts within Libya.