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Tal'at Radwan

Modernity, with its rotation of power and direction of the state is carried out through institutions rather than through the will of an individual – hence the importance of the independence of the executive, legislative and judicial institutions. This is what Montesquieu and John Locke were calling for in the 17th century, along with absolute freedom to be accorded to scientific research and intellectual creativity, and freedom against any form of controls.

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Riyad Hammadi

Muhammad the Messenger did not communicate his religious and ethical call without support from heaven or Revelation, however it was that he communicated with the next world, and whatever is meant by the concept of Revelation, whether this be a Revelation in the sense of an interpretation, or a conceptualisation. Or, indeed, whether it constitutes an ascending proposition - communication with the world of the unseen - which caused him to pour forth signs of divine illumination which the Messenger then translated into expressions and verses.

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Nabil al-Haidari

Arab Islamic societies are greatly influenced by the day-to-day religious discourse that impacts upon their thinking, behaviour and daily activities, and determines the way they ponder their problems and their prospects. Today, as satellite channels mushroom and religious programs increase in number

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Tarek Heggy

Over the last half a century during which my life, my experiences, my thoughts and dealings have been associated with all the colours of the cultural spectrum, some facets of major flaws in the intellectual and cultural education of the overwhelming majority of the leadership – at all levels – of the currents of political Islam have become clear to me. To cast some light on these egregious flaws I should first clarify what constitutes a modern, balanced intellectual training before turning to unbalanced intellectual training.

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