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AXIAL – (Winter 2013)
SnowStar Institute of Religion, Kingsville, Ontario
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On The Historical Qur’an   By Salim Mansur

Any query about the historical Qur’an unavoidably implies there is a non-historical or a-historical Qur’an. Or there is the Qur’an Muslims take as their
sacred text and its meaning for them is extra-historical. Then there is the Qur’an as a text, a document with history, that like any document may be examined objectively in terms of its origin, preparation, assembly, textual consistency and
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Mistaking Islamism for Islam

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Ottawa Citizen
Mistaking Islamism for Islam
Too many who oppose fanaticism end up supporting the Islamist view that Muslims cannot be moderate, write Fred Litwin and Salim Mansur.

By Fred Litwin and Salim Mansur, Ottawa January 28, 2013

We are daily inundated with news of horrors from the Arab-Muslim world to the extent that for many in the West Islam as a venerable faith-tradition can no longer be distinguished from the organized terror and violence of radical Muslims, or Islamists.

There is something ...

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Justin Trudeau’s Islamist Revival by David B. Harris
Special to IPT News
December 20, 2012

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INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT ON TERRORISM, WASHINGTON, DC

Nothing says bug-eyed clerical fanaticism more than inviting a hate-spewing Saudi cleric to address your religious revival meeting. But this is part of the under-reported history of the Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) Convention, a conference that Justin Trudeau, a frontrunner in Canada’s Liberal Party leadership race – and son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau – will address this weekend in Toronto. It’s also why moderate Muslims and non-Muslims are aghast at the prospect ...

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Sadat’s Conversion and What the Qur’an Says About Jews in the Holy Land

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From: ISLAM’S PREDICAMENT: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim
(Mosaic Press, Oakville, ON, 2009)
By SALIM MANSUR

In the middle of the commemorative parade marking the eighth anniversary of the October 1973 war launched by Egypt and Syria against Israel on Yom Kippur, also known as the Ramadan War, Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, was murdered by a band of Egyptian soldiers taking part in the event. Twenty-five years later as we recall the legacy of Sadat – his journey to Jerusalem ...

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LAUNCH OF MUSLIMS FACING TOMORROW

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REVIEWS, PHOTOS AND FEEDBACK FROM LAUNCH OF MFT – SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aifdemocracy/sets/72157631801921853/

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBJdHdT5pac

 

http://www.jewishtribune.ca/features/2012/10/10/muslim-reform-only-possible-with-help-of-moderates-non-muslims-activist-says

Launch of Muslims Facing Tomorrow
A review by Aisha Isabel Ashraf
The description of the past cannot be the prescription for the future

I attended the launch of the Council of Muslims Facing Tomorrow at the invitation of Raheel Raza, journalist, author, public speaker and activist, who founded MFT to ...

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On the Historical Muhammad: One Muslim’s reflection

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By: Salim Mansur                 AXIAL 2012

Since Albert Schweitzer’s classic study, The Quest of the Historical Jesus: A Critical Study of Its Progress from Reimarus to Wrede was first published in 1906, the inquiry into historical Jesus has become a major area of scholarship. Why was not the Jesus of the New Testament – the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – sufficient for learning about the central iconic figure of Christianity? The answer to such a question, as John Dominic ...

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ANTI-ISLAMIC FILM AND MUSLIM VIOLENCE – THE WAY OUT

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Most Muslims loudly condemned the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims”. They also loudly condemned the violent protest of some Muslims by killing innocent people, arson and plunder. This stand is admirable but I am afraid Muslims are missing something.

There is a root of Muslim’s violence to mockers in secondary scriptures of Islam. Sahi Bukhari, Sahi Muslim and in Sirat of Ibn Hisham/Ishaq (pages 551 and 675) record that Prophet (SA) killed Abu Afaq (120 years old), Asma Binte Mariam (a ...

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New moderate Muslim group aims anti-extremism message at youth – National Post

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Kathryn Blaze Carlson | Sep 11, 2012 6:22 PM ET
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“We want to provide an alternative for Muslim youth. It’s not just a question of slamming the extremists; it’s also about providing a different voice.”

A Muslim Canadian activist has founded a new group that will promote moderate Islam, saying there are too few progressive Muslim voices countering extremism in Canada. Raheel Raza, the Pakistan-born author of Their Jihad, Not My ...

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THE FREEDOM TO OFFEND …………. By Raheel Raza

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(Published in the Ottawa Citizen, September 17, 2012)

“It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them”      Mark Twain.

The film “Innocence of Muslims” about Islam’s Prophet that is creating a furor all over the Muslim world is badly made, technically flawed and basically a shoddy film. However, fully aware of the psyche of Islamists, the filmmaker must ...

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A REPORT FROM THE 21st SESSION OF UNHRC IN GENEVA

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I am in Geneva attending the 21st. session of the Human Rights Council. How and why I got here is an interesting journey.

Three years ago I was in Oxford attending a Muslim Reform Conference http://19.org/994/islamic-reform-conference/

I noticed a distinguished grey haired man in the audience making copious notes. At the end of the conference, this man made some very valuable suggestions on how liberal Muslims might be able to face off the Islamists and get their voices heard. Fascinated by ...

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