Islamic Perspective Journal – Number 4, 2010

Islamic Perspective Journal

Number 4, 2010




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The Journal of Islamic Perspective is a peer reviewed publication of the Center for Humanities and Sociological Studies, affiliated to the London Academy of Iranian Studies (LAIS) and aims to create a dialogue between intellectuals, thinkers and writers from the IslamicWorld and academics, intellectuals, thinkers and writers from other parts of the Globe. Issues in the context of Culture, Islamic Thoughts & Civilizations, and other relevant areas of social sciences, humanities and cultural studies are of interest and we hope to create a global platform to deepen and develop these issues in the frame of a Critical Perspective. Our motto is homo sum; humani nihil a me alienum puto. Contributions to Islamic Perspective do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial board or the Center for Humanities and Sociological Studies.



Interview on Globalization
Judith Blau 15

Deconstructing Global Education

Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi 23
AreWe Now “Post-Secular”? A critique of some of the recent claims

Bill Cooke 39
Faith and Science: Juan Luís Segundo On Religion and Science

Richard Curtis 54
The Swastika and The Crescent – “Islamofascism”: Reality or Political
Dustin Byrd 73
The Paradoxes of the Secular State

Roland Boer 92
Religion as Worldview: Its Primordial, Perennial, and Practical Significance

John Herlihy 109
Johannine Christianity and Secularisation

Matthew Del Nevo 142
The Vatopedi Monasteri Scandal:What does the media coverage of the scandal show about the contemporary social and political role of Greek Orthodox Church?

Despina Chronaki 161
Soroush, Sufi Hermeneutics and Legitimizing a Hybrid Muslim Identity

Banafsheh Madaninejad 183
The Semantic Potential of Religion in Habermas’ Struggle for Modernity: Something’s Missing

Michael R. Ott 198
Next challenge: Community Development and Superintelligence

Ali Akbar Ziaee 243
Religion and Social Theory in the Frommesque Discourse

Seyed Javad Miri 254
Towards an Index of global tolerance: A quantitative analysis, based on the “World Values Survey” data

Arno Tausch 263
The Qur’an as a Criterion for Hadith-Text Examination

Israr Ahmad Khan 280

Book Reviews

Yoginder Sikand, ed., Madrasa Reforms—Indian Muslim Voices, Mumbai: Vikas Adhyayan Kendra
Nasir Khan 314
M.L.Bhatia, The Ulama, Islamic Ethics and Courts Under the Mughals—Aurangzeb Revisited

Yoginder Sikand 318

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