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Moinul Haq’s Translation of Ibn Sa’d’s Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Observations on Translations of Classical Islamic TextsWaqar Akbar Cheema Muhammad Ibn Sa’d’s (d. 2330/845) work “Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir” or “Tabaqat al-Kubra” is an important source of information regarding life and times of early Muslims including a detailed account of events and aspects the life of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). ... Read More »

The Critique of Criticism: Analysis of Ibn Khaldun’s Objections to the Narrations about al-Mahdi

Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi*[1] Translated and Annotated by Waqar Akbar Cheema Abstract Belief in the advent of Imam al-Mahdi is an important tenet for the vast majority of Muslims across sectarian lines. However, some have come to question the decisiveness of the hadiths concerning the advent of al-Mahdi, especially based on Ibn Khaldun’s arguments in his Muqaddimah. The current work ... Read More »

Jalaluddin Khwarazm: A Visionary Leader | An Intrepid Warrior

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction Every nation has a natural tendency to polish its history. All nations do it and they do it even at cost of distorting facts. Not that distortion of facts is anyway justified, but the attitude is natural somehow. However, in our society we come across people who are going against all these natural trends and ... Read More »

Unverified Story of Uwais Al-Qarni Breaking his Teeth

Waqar Akbar Cheema It is popularly held that on hearing about the injury of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) during the battle of Uhad Uwais al-Qarni broke all his teeth. Earliest well known source mentioning the story is Tazkirah al-Awliya of Farid ad-Din al-Attar (d. 607 AH). He relates that Uwais had the following conversation with ‘Umar and another companion; ثم ... Read More »

6 Phases of the Islamic Scientific Tradition

Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal “Assessed in the most general terms, the Islamic scientific tradition can be seen as having passed through the following major phases: (i) a formative phase under the shade of Islamic religious sciences; (ii) a quick maturation through the massive infusion of data, information and theories from the Greek, Indian and Persian traditions; (iii) a phase of careful ... Read More »

Ottomans and the Printing Press: Answering Misconceptions

Dr. Hidayet Y. Nuhoglu The time lag of almost three centuries which elapsed between Gütenberg’s setting up his press and Müteferrika’s publishing his first book Van Kulu has been interpreted in various ways by contemporary historians, which resulted in the common belief that this was one of the main reasons for the Ottoman State’s backwardness. The description of Müteferrika’s printing ... Read More »

Myth and Reality of the Ottoman Harem

Leslie P. Peirce We in the West are heir to an ancient but still robust tradition of obsession with the sexuality of Islamic society. The harem is undoubtedly the most prevalent symbol in Western myths constructed around the theme of Muslim sensuality. One of the most fertile periods for the production of texts and images treating this theme was the ... Read More »

Muhammad b. Qasim and the true story of “damsels in distress”

Waqar Akbar Cheema 1. Introduction In recent times we have seen a host of pseudo-intellectuals and self-styled historians with borrowed minds questioning the episodes of Islamic history that they fail to reconcile with the peculiar image of the Muslim heroes originally painted either by the Orientalists or Hindu fanatics. Backdrop of Muhammad bin Qasim’s conquest of Sindh is one such ... Read More »

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