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Creating Future Islamic Civilization by  Rashid Shaz
Book Title Creating Future Islamic Civilization
Book AuthorRashid Shaz
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Creating Future Islamic Civilization by  Rashid Shaz


In 2004 when we conceived as a major civilizational project and vigorously pleaded for fresh thinking on I use of Islamic import, we were a little hesitant to use the word civilization. The writings of an American establishment intellectual about the supposed clash of civilizations had created such a furor that at times it amounted to high jacking the very meta-narrative of our time.

Those were the times when talking in terms of civilizational paradigm was considered a necessity to prove one’s sophistication.  Paradigmatic thinking is not only deceptive, but at times it may be even disastrous. We often build a paradigm; for it appears to be the only convenient way to think and philosophize.

We humans who, always, or at least most of the time, employ language as a tool of thinking, for us, it is natural to construct a paradigm or take a cue from the prevailing meta-narratives for clarity, cohesion, and communication. Yet it should not serve as an excuse for being a prisoner to any single paradigm.

  For me, civilization then is not the only valid paradigm but a mere linguistic device that I have picked up to communicate more than what it does in ordinary situations. My readings of the Qur’an have taught me that we should not assign our thinking to words that have their limitations despite the fact that they are constantly on the grow, nor should we be swayed by mere linguistic implications of the text. One possible way to overcome the limitations that language imposes on us is to use ‘spatial atmosphere’ as an extension of the language. Paradigms once

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