Release “The Other
Dr. Fathi Osman
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Islamic Issues
  Pharos foundation announces the release of Dr. Fathi Osman's new book, The Other.

"The Other": A Restructuring of the Islamic Concept, by Dr. Fathi Osman.
"The Other"
is a comprehensive book that will be a prestigious addition to any library, and an excellent reference source for experts as well as those wishing to further their understanding of Islam. We are confident that the material presented in the book will enhance relations between Muslims and non-Muslims as they work towards open interfaith dialogue and harmonious co-existence in increasingly pluralistic societies.
Dr. Fathi Osman
Fathi Osman is a world renowned scholar of Islam who has studied the development of contemporary Islamic thinking since 1947. He has written extensively about the process of change in Islamic concepts, human and gender rights in Islamic and Western perspectives, the Islamic approach to pluralism, the analysis of Islamic history and its interpretation. He has published more than 30 books in Arabic and English which represent new approaches in Islamic thinking. Many of his books, including “Reflections” in “Arabia: the Islamic World Review” published in London 1981-1987, have been translated into several languages. Read more.  

  • Islamic Issues
  • Interfaith
  • Interviews

Dr. Osman has extensively addressed Islamic Issues and published papers clarifying important and relevant issues that have been brought up by Muslims and Non Muslims such as:

  • Wasiyya and the rules of inheritance “Mirath
    Wasiyya and the general rules of inheritance “Mirath” is among the subjects that is of great importance to Muslims, especially in minority environment. preview / download PDF [7 pages - 46 KB]

  • Islam & Dynamics of Change
    The religion of Islam is alive and will survive through God given built-in dynamism. Dr. Osman explains in this paper the dynamics of change built-in the Islamic religion.
  • Human Rights & Democracy
    God has created Human Beings to be his vicegerent on earth and honored him with rights. Freedom is among the basic and essential rights for any person to achieve his/her mission. Dr. Osman discusses, in this paper, human rights and democracy from an Islamic perspective.
  • Family & Women Issues
    Family is the core of any society. Women are critcal pivot of the family. God sets the rules and the rights of women to achieve a healthy Islamic family environment. Dr. Osman, in this paper, addresses many of the distorted understandings and interpretations about women and the family in Islam.

Say ye: "We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma'il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam)." (2:136)

God has revealed his message to Human Beings through his Prophets since the beginning of creation in order to improve relations. Interfaith dialogs through writings and meetings are of extreme importance to bring us closer.

Dr. Osman has been an active participant in building bridges between Muslims and Non Muslims. The following are dialogs and interpretation of Islamic perspective showing the importance of such relation.

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). (49:13)

It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: so pass over (their faults), and ask for (Allah's) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs (of moment). Then, when thou hast taken a decision put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). (3:159)

Communication and consultation between Muslims is ordained by God. Many centers and organizations have thought about Dr. Osman insights and analysis to address some of the issues raised.

Following are a few interviews conducted with Dr. Osman.


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