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By Dr. Fathi Osman
 
Books in English

Urgent Required Redefinition
of Essential Islamic Concepts

The Islamic Thought and Human Change

An Introduction to the Islamic
History

Human Rights between the Western Thought and the Islamic Law

On the Political Experience of the contemporary Islamic Movements

The Muslim World; Issues and Challenges

Muslim Women in the Family and Society

Sharia in a Contemporary Society: Islamic Law and Changes

   
 

Video Lectures

  • Al Aqeeda (Faith and Islamic Belief)
  • The Universe
  • Mankind
  • Wisdom and Free choice
  • Good and Evil in Islam
  • Belief in God and the after life
  • Belief in the unseen and unknown
  • The soul in Islam
  • Al Jinn
  • The angels in Islam
  • The presence of ALLAH
  • Prophethood
  • The beginning of mankind an the after life
  • The resurrection in Islam
  • Reward and accountability
  • Extremism in Islam
  • Al Quran
  • The science of the Quran
  • Al Sunnah
  • The origins of Al Sharia
  • The rules of exceptions and neceessities
  • Prayers and rituals
  • Al Zakat
  • Fasting
  • Al Hajj
  • The role of the family in Islam
  • The Other

    God has created humankind with a disposition towards diversity. Individuals and societies are distinct based on the objective environmental circumstances of the time and place in which they live, their own subjective motivations, and the interaction between the two elements. However, human beings – in all their diversity – are equal in their human origin. Religious faith cannot mean exclusive and permanent rightness for a certain individual or group, and the opposite for all "others." After all, human beings have their free will and intellect, and no human is errorless, except those individuals who were entrusted by God to convey His message to people, and were protected by Him against making any error in delivering that divine message.

    This book represents a comprehensive ijtihad on the subject of "The Other" within an Islamic framework. The Arabic word "ijtihad" means the practice of the greatest possible intellectual effort to interpret and implement the divine guidance. This includes considering the sources in their entirety and recognizing their structure and their inter-relations.

    Our hope is that this book will enhance the understanding of the Islamic conceptualization of relations between the rulers and the ruled, the haves and the have-nots, the national and the universal, different genders and generations, and Muslims and non-Muslims.

     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Dr. Fathi Osman

    This book examines the historical context of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) as a messenger and social reformer. It discusses an and unexplored topic in Islamic thought: the existence in the Quran side-by-side of edicts that were meant to be permanent, universal legal principles, and instructions that were intended to be transitional local rules for Arabian reform at the time of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). These distinctions are timely and help elucidate many confusions made by Moslems and Non-Moslems today. In an eloquent style, Dr. Osman explains that the Prophet had a dual role where he introduced needed reforms in Arabia during his time, while simultaneously delivering God’s final message with its enduring principles and guidance for all humanity. Taking some circumstantial past incidents as binding permanent laws has led to serious confusions and grave errors in understanding Islam, particularly the rules of Sharia about fixed punishments for certain crimes (hudud), and about the moral and practical struggle against evil, tyranny and corruption (jihad). In shedding light on the permanent universal and the transitional local in these central contexts, Sharia can be seen as an ever-inspiring and enriching legal source that addresses the needs of modern-day society, rather than as a restricted set of draconian punishments that seem more related to a past stage of humanity. A world renowned scholar of Islam and pioneering thinker, Dr. Fathi Osman (1928-2010) was the recipient of many distinguished awards around the world “in recognition of his great contribution to the contemporary Islamic thought”. This, his final book, represents the culmination and pinnacle of his thinking over 6 decades. Originally a series of lectures, it was collected and edited in book format by his daughter, Dr. Ghada Osman, who holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.


    Concepts of the Quran

    Concepts of the Quran, A Topical Reading is:

    1. The most comprehensive topical reading of the Quran in English, with commentary that combines the use of classical sources with contemporary approach and perspectives.

    2. An authentic and valuable addition to the reference library of the specialist.

    3. A book that makes the message of the Quran more accessible to the average reader.

    4. An in-depth look at what the Quran says about topics such as:
    • Faith and Worship
    • Family and social and moral values
    • Women in the society
    • Ruler-ruled mutual rights and obligations
    • Universal relations

     

       
     
     

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