Archive for category Islamic Thought

Books That Every Muslim Intellectual Needs To Read

Compiled by: Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad

  1.  Al-Farabi. The Political Writings: Selected Aphorisms and other Texts. Trans. Charles E Butterworth. New York: Cornell University Press, 2004
  2. Al-Ghazzali, Abu Hamid Muhammad. The Alchemy of Happiness. New York: M. E Sharpe, 1991
  3. Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso, 2006
  4. Aristotle. Politics. Trans. T A Sinclair. London: Penguin Classics, 1981
  5. Asad, Muhammad. The Road to Mecca. New York: Simon and Schuster. 1954
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Who Speaks for Islam?

whospeaksMuslim Grassroots Leaders and Popular Preachers in South Asia

Table of Contents
Peter Mandaville

Media-Based Preachers and the Creation of New Muslim Publics in Pakistan
Mumtaz Ahmad

Muslim Grassroots Leaders in India: National Issues and Local Leadership
Dietrich Reetz

Religious Figures, Insurgency, and Jihad in Southern Afghanistan
Thomas H. Johnson
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Mumtaz Ahmad, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Vice President (Academic Affairs)
International Islamic University, Islamabad

The topic of my presentation is to reflect on The Role of Religious Leaders in the Modern World. Before I share with this learned audience my submissions, it seems relevant to define and narrow down the scope of at least two key concepts in the title assigned to me. These are “religious leaders” and the “modern world.” This conceptual clarity will enable me to stay focused on my topic and raise some issues around today’s talk.
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