The Muslim world has presently earned the dubious distinction of being the centre of religious extremism and intolerance. Armed militias dominate the political landscape of Muslim countries. Factional conflicts, sectarian violence, deficit of democracy and intolerance of dissent are ubiquitous. They prevent the Muslim countries from making any progress socially, economically, and politically. Moreover, they Read More »


Islam revolutionised the oppressive tribal Arab society in the 7th. century. It demolished its hierarchical and exploitative social and economic system. It ushered in the radical idea of equality of mankind, abolished usury and thereby liberated the poor from the crushing burden of indebtedness of the rich. It raised the social status of women and Read More »

Righteous Deeds: The Foundation of Islam and Identity of Muslims

Islam is a comprehensive religion which attempts to mould the human personality into an integrated whole on the foundations of piety and righteous deeds. These values together with the basic tenets of faith viz, belief in the Unity of Allah. the Day of ]udgement, Muhammad (SAS) as the last Prophet of Allah. all other prophets, Read More »

A Blue Print for the Renaissance of Science and Technology and Economic Development in the Islamic Realm

The Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2003 has been published by the UNDP. Before its publication I had written an article: ‘A Critical Appreciation of the AHDR (2002)’. An unpublished copy of this article was mailed to the Chief, regional Programme Division, UNDP (Regional Bureau of Arab States).* The present appraisal supplements the comments made Read More »

Strategy for Renaissance of Science and Technology in Islamic Countries

The Arab Human Development Report (2002) published by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is a well-documented study in which facts have been meticulously marshaled, systematically analyzed, and some very valid and logical conclusions have been drawn regarding the backwardness of the Arab region.  However, the data on the number and proportion of students, by Read More »