The Legacy of Isma`il Raji al-Faruqi Thought and Institution

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Zakyi Ibrahim

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A two-day seminar on Isma`il Raji al-Faruqi (1921-86), jointly organized by
the Centre for the Study of Democracy (University of Westminster), Prince
al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (Georgetown
University), and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT
UK and USA), took place in London at the University of Westminster on
6-7 June 2010. Considering his intellectual output, academic agendas, and
scholastic achievements, as well as to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary
of his death, the organizers thought a seminar of this caliber would
be most appropriate. John Esposito and John Voll write of a certain Christian
acquaintance of al-Faruqi lamenting the latter’s aspiration to become the
“Luther” of Islam, believing that it is in dire need of reformation. This consideration
guaranteed al-Faruqi a prominent slot in their “Makers of Contemporary
Islam” (2001) ...

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