From the Sacred Canopy to the Haunted Vault Understanding Secularism from within Islam

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Ovamir Anjum



As the incoming editor of an academic journal in the fourth decade of its existence,
I must begin with a great deal of trepidation for the task ahead and
gratitude to many predecessors: those who envisioned and founded it, and
those who brought it where it is today. “One who does not thank men [and
women] does not thank God,” goes a saying of Prophet Muhammad (S). My
first note of gratitude must go to the outgoing editor, Dr. Zakyi Ibrahim, who
led the journal for several years and has been extremely kind and supportive
over the course of this transition. Equally instrumental was the outgoing book
review editor, Dr. Mahdi Tourage, who not only managed the book review
and review essay sections, but also contributed to the forum and reports and,
most importantly, worked to expand the scope and diversity of the perspectives
represented in the journal. I am also grateful to the outgoing managing editor,
Dr. Aliaa Dakroury, who has been available despite the recent loss of her husband,
Dr. Mahmoud Eid. My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers go to
her and her family ...

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