M. Umer Chapra is Research Advisor at the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Jeddah. Prior to this position, he worked at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), Riyadh, for nearly years, retiring as Senior Economic Advisor. He has also taught as Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin (Platteville) and the University of Kentucky, Lexington; as Senior Economist and Associate Editor of the Pakistan Development Review at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics; and as Reader (Associate Professor) at the Central Institute of Islamic Research (Pakistan). He is a prolific writer having authored books and monographs, as well as many papers and book reviews.
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“What is common between the Lal Masjid tragedy of 2007 in Pakistan, the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Madrassa Reform Project of 2002 of Pakistan, the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in 1979, the Cuban Missile crisis of 1962, President Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty of the mid-1960s, and President George Bush’s war on terrorism? These were all policy decisions that were undertaken by politicians, generals and legislatures to ameliorate an actual, perceived or a manufactured public policy situations.
This monograph does not promise to answer the question whether these policy decisions were right or wrong; its primary focus is to understand the processes through which such decisions are made and what concepts, theories and models are employed, either consciously or implicitly, to reach these decisions.
This book is intended both for students of public policy and for those in general public who are interested in knowing more about how public policy is made and how it should be made.”
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This book is a collection of essays written over several years. Professor Sulayman S. Nyang has collected them to share with the reading public his insights and research findings on the emerging Muslim community in the United States of America. Working on the assumption that American Muslims are still unknown to most Americans, the author addresses several issues which are relevant to the whole discussion of religious plurality and multiculturalism in American society. Its contents range from Islam and the American Dream to the birth and development of the Muslim press in the United States.
Paperback: 165 pages
Publisher: Kazi Publications, Inc. (January 1, 1999)
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Book: Observing the Observer: The State of Islamic Studies in American Universities
by Ed. Mumtaz Ahmad (Author) , Ed. Zahid Bukhari (Author) , Ed. Sulayman Nyang (Author) , Mumtaz Ahmad (Editor) , Zahid H. Bukhari (Editor) , Sulayman S. Nyang (Editor) , Shiraz Khan (Editor)
The collection of papers in this volume documents the study of Islam in American Universities. Over the last few decades the United States has seen significant growth in the study of Islam and Islamic societies in institutions of higher learning fueled primarily by events including economic relations of the U.S. with Muslim countries, migration of Muslims into the country, conversion of Americans to Islam, U.S. interests in Arab oil resources, involvement of Muslims in the American public square, and the tragic events of 9/11. Although there is increasing recognition that the study of Islam and the role of Muslims is strategically essential in a climate of global integration, multiculturalism, and political turmoil, nevertheless, the state of Islamic Studies in America is far from satisfactory. The issue needs to be addressed, particularly as the need for intelligent debate and understanding is continuously stifled by what some have termed an Islam industry run primarily by fly-by journalists, think tank pundits, and cut-and-paste experts.
Paperback: 292 pages
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Once a year Muslims from around the world—representing a vast range of ethnicities, incomes, ages, and attitudes—perform the Hajj (pilgrimage) and converge in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Now, the global diversity of Muslims at the Hajj is almost repliacted in the United States: new immigrants, Muslims whose families have been here for generations, and converts are coming together, seeing what unites them and what issues they face together. Project MAPS (Muslims in the American Public Square) began in 1999 to provide much-needed information on this understudied and immensely diverse group of six million Americans. This first volume emerging from the project, Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square, shows where the American Muslim community fits into the American religious and civic landscape both before and after 9/11. Renowned scholars contribute theoretical, legal, historical, and sociological perspectives on how Muslims function in both their own institutions and others. For classes in religion or the social sciences, or for anyone interested in this increasingly significant community, Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square provides a current, balanced introduction.
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Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square is presenting the results of the second American Muslims Poll. The first poll was conducted through the Zogby International in the months of November and December 2001. The 2004 Poll covers the following areas:
1) Demographics: gender, generation and ethnicity, U.S. born and immigrants, income and education levels, age and occupation.
2) Religious practices: relationship with the mosque, ethnic composition of congregations, conversion to Islam, importance of religion in their life and interaction between the mosque and politics.
3) Opinion and behavior on social and political issues: party affiliation, voting in the presidential election, impact of the American Muslim Taskforce, foreign policy and other domestic issues relating to religion and public life.
4) Fallout from 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq: reaction, backlash, racial profiling, war against terrorism, and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
5) Media and financial habits: sources of news, exposure to ethnic media, portrayal of Muslims and Islam in the mainstream media as well as in Hollywood, stocks ownership and being in the investor club.
The project commissioned Zogby International to conduct the Poll through phone interviews of a nationwide representative sample of the American Muslim population during the months of August and September 2004. The questionnaire was developed with by the Project MAPS team and staff of Zogby International. Several questions of 2001 poll are repeated in 2004 to have a comparative picture of the American Muslim community Project MAPS seeks to document the role and contribution of the Muslim community in the American public life. It is a research project that began in 1999 with the support of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Charitable Trusts are supporting the MAPS project as part of a larger examination of seven major religious groups in the United States and their place in public life. The Project is housed at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU).