Tengku Ahmad Hazri
Tengku Ahmad Hazri is a Research Fellowat IAIS Malaysia.
SHĀH WALĪ ALLĀH OF DELHI (1703–1762), was a reformist scholar and mystic philosopher of the Indian subcontinent. Praised by Muhammad Iqbal as the first Muslim scholar to “rethink the whole system of Islam without completely breaking with the past”, Walī Allāh‟s intellectual project evinces a deep concern to re-enchant every minutiae of life with glitters of the transcendent. His mission to reform the intellectual and socio-political conditions of his time led him to embark upon an ambitious agenda of illuminating the inner meanings of Islam, through a new discipline of ʿilm asrār al-dīn /the „science of the subtle meanings of religion‟. Underlying the versatility and eclecticism of his writings is a coherent vision affirming diversity within Unity in a civilisational context......... [click here to download the full article in pdf]
Abu Nasr al-Farabi, was an early philosopher of the Islamic world. Among others he was known as the founder of Islamic political philosophy, if not of Islamic philosophy itself, and was a principal agent in the transmission of Greek thought into Islamic civilization, chiefly the neo-Platonic tradition so much so that Majid Fakhry even styled him as the founder of “Islamic Neoplatonism”. Yet far from a passive receptor of the Hellenistic heritage, Farabi’s theories evinced remarkable originality, even departure from previous philosophical tradition. His main contributions include the defense of logic as a distinct and autonomous science at a time when there was debate as to the respective domains of logic and grammar.............. [click here to download the full article in pdf]
Henry Kissinger concedes in his recent work, World Order, that a primary weakness of the Westphalian system is its value-neutrality, conscious moral agnosticism in favour of procedural claims on territorial integrity, sovereignty of states and non-interference in domestic affairs among states. Consequently, it gives no sense of direction and is incapable of generating legitimacy........................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
In recent months, the rise of nationalism had been associated with the return of xenophobia, anti-immigration, populism and far-right neofascist conservatism. Nationalism has been much maligned and made the scapegoat for Brexit, for the rise of Donald Trump, for Putinism and China’s intransigence on issues like Taiwan. Putin’s expansion towards the East has been construed in certain media circles as a revival of Eurasianism, a policy advocated by Russian thinkers from Prince Nikolay Trubetskoy and Lev Gumilev, to Alexander Dugin.......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)