Vortex Ijtihad : independent thinking, scholarly research
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Ijtihad (pronounced “ij-tee-had”) is Islam’s own tradition of independent thinking. In the early centuries of Islam, thanks to the spirit of ijtihad, 135 schools of thought thrived. Inspired by ijtihad, Muslims gave the world inventions from the astrolabe to the university. So much of what we consider "western" pop culture came from Muslims: the guitar, mocha coffee, even the ultra-Spanish expression "Ole!" (which has its root in the Arabic word for God, "Allah”).’ —Irshad Manji, who reports that her book, Allah, Liberty and Love, in Arabic translation, has been downloaded from the net 2,000,000 times.
V Irshad Manji
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Gaffar Hussain’s review ••• of Irshad Manji’s Allah, Liberty and Love:
> Irshad Manji advocates a return to the Islamic tradition of ijtihad (Oxford Union debate) •••
V Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom, by Irshad Manji
* Irshad Manji reports that an Arabic translation of Allah, Liberty and Love, available without charge, has been downloaded 2,000,000 times.
* (this was found on page one of the Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2011).
* It seems that Irshad is channeling Karl Popper, supporting similar arguments with wisdom from the Koran. -ls
V Irshad Manji, on Ijtihad  — Islam's tradition of independent thinking
V Ijtihad and Irshad Manji’s Moral Courage project •••
V Irshad Manji, on Liberty - video on her book, Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom
V Irshad Manji, on “reclaiming Islam” •••
V "Faith Without Fear": Irshad Manji calls on her fellow Muslims to reform — A PBS America at the Crossroads film •••
* “Islam and Hayek” •••, by Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Minaret of Freedom •••
> Barbara Johnson recommends learning about Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, MD, of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
> Gamal al Banna — A call to restore Islam’s golden age by embracing the values of critical thinking and debate
> Charlemagne, Muhammad, and the Arab Roots of Capitalism, Gene W. Heck, published by Kalima, Abu Dhabi
> The Ornament of the World, María Rosa Menocal — Recommended by Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Minaret of Freedom
> What happened to ijtihad? The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How intellectual suicide created the modern Islamist crisis, by Robert R. Reilly
> Minaret of Freedom, Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad
> Dubai Women In Leadership
> Tariq Ramadan, "What you fear is not who I am"
> efGlyphs on ijtihad
> Directory of Policy Experts on Islamic Studies and Muslim Affairs
> Investments made in Ijtihad by Explorers Foundation
V Participants in this vortex
* Leif Smith, Irshad Manji (ok, Irshad?), Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Bill Casey, Robert Haywood, Mark Frazier, Spencer MacCallum, Barbara Johnson

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