Material Culture's Role in Dispelling the 'Clash of Civilisations' Theory

by Aleem Karmali

 

The perceived divide between the so-called "Islamic" and "Western" civilisations, often viewed through a history of conflict, ignores the more dynamic, positive, and creative interactions that have taken place over the centuries. Art, artefacts, and architecture contain evidence of the interactive nature of cultural interchange. Read article

Islamic Art: A Symbolic Expression of Values

by Aleem Karmali

 

This short article explores the debated term "Islamic art" and the forms traditionally associated with it, while arguing for an approach to view "Islamic" art through the notion of symbolic representation of the beliefs and values of Islam. It then examines how sometimes radically altered modern forms of art and architecture still continue to represent these values. Read article

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Beyond 'Paradise Gardens': Productivity and Environmental Stewardship in the Aga Khan Garden

by Aleem Karmali

 

While many people discuss Muslim gardens as simply reflections of the Qur'anic vision of paradise, Muslim gardens have also made positive and productive contributions to society thoughout history. In the modern world, this role can extend to the pressing challenges of environmental conservation, as seen through the example of the Aga Khan Garden, opened in Edmonton, Canada in 2018. Read article

The Inseparability of Faith, Ethics, and Science in the Islamic Tradition

by Aleem Karmali

 

The teachings of Islam promote an integrated approach to theology, science, and ethics that moves beyond the categories of theism, scientism, and humanism. This is based on the common Muslim belief that faith (din) and world (duniya) are inseparable. This article argues that there is no dichotomy between science and religion in the Muslim tradition. Read article