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PARIS (Reuters) - Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged French Muslim leaders on Sunday to develop an "enlightened Islam" to confront what he called the obscurantist views of Islamic State that lead young Muslims into violence.
Prof Amin Abdullah is in turns Islamist scholar,Muslim intellectual and Indonesianphilosopher.He is currently Rector of the State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN)inJogjakarta,and author of various works on Islamic thought and comparative philosophy.On a recent visit to Malaysia,Dr Amin spoke to BUNN NAGARA about various issuesrelating to contemporary Islam.The following are excerpts in the second part ofa two-part exclusive interview.
Authentic orthodox Islam is inclusive, deep, beautiful and wisdom-based, and it's about time moderate Muslims reclaimed their religion from the extremists whose narrow and violent version has created a mountain of suspicion, fear and hatred.
New York-based Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement is regarded as one of the most eloquent and erudite Muslim leaders. His mission: to help bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims. Highly regarded for his ability to explain complex issues a way easily understood by the layman, the author of What's Right with Islam will share his thoughts as a guest columnist in the month of Ramadan.
PETALING JAYA: Deeply concerned over developments regarding race relations, Islam and extremist behaviour in Malaysia, a group of 25 prominent Malays have called for a rational dialogue on the position of Islam in a constitutional democracy.