Constellations - Vol. 6, No. 1, Jan 2015 - Jul 2015 (Rabīʿ al-Awwal 1436 – Ramadan 1436)

Assalāmu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullāhi wa barakātuhu,

 

This is the first edition since we changed from being a quarterly to a half-yearly publication. Considering the longer lead time to this issue, much has happened that has taken the world by storm. Sadly most of these events have involved Muslims with the worst affected areas being predominantly in the Muslim world.

 

It is difficult to say who is at fault and thus we try our best to honour the facts and avoid subscribing to any conspiracy theories, no matter how enticing this may be. We attempt to follow the Qur’anic principle of concentrating on ourselves and leaving the rest to Allah to dispose of in a way that befits His Wisdom.

 

This edition of Constellations features articles on Charlie Hebdo by Shafiq Morton and Reforming Islam by Maryam Sakeenah, which provide food for thought for our readers, both Muslim and non-Muslim. Michael Finesilver, in his usual thought-provoking manner, writes a controversial piece on light which most science readers would find interesting and challenging. Our Inflection and Reflection series once again offer opportunities for introspection as members of humanity, especially Muslims. The massacre of school children in Peshawar and the recent government sanctioned killing of opposition activists in Dhaka share a common brutality and lack of respect for human dignity. By reflecting on these appalling incidents it is hoped that we can gain the courage to ponder upon vital human questions regardless of the source or justification of these crimes. In the IMASE Papers section we have started a new series on Science Parks and discuss how they can serve as a collaborative space to stimulate innovation and economic development.

 

Please click HERE to download the publication (1.85 MP pdf).

 

 

 

Wassalām,

 

  

IMASE Team (www.imase.org)



TABLE OF CONTENTS


 

TITLE

PAGE

QUOTES

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NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

6

INTERESTING WEBSITES: The New Zealand Biotechnology Learning Hub

(http://biotechlearn.org.nz)

13

ARTICLE 1: Understanding Charlie Hebdo

Shafiq Morton

14

ARTICLE 2: How to Start a Social Business

Suleyman Eng Tong

17

ARTICLE 3:Reforming Islam?

Maryam Sakeenah

19

ARTICLE 4: Goethe 2 : Newton 0

Michael I. Finesilver

22

ARTICLE 5: Of Orientalism and Other Madmen

Shafiq Morton

25

INFLECTION 19: A Muslim

28

SPECIAL IMASE REFLECTION: A Statement on the Massacres in Pakistan

30

JOURNAL SECTION

IMASE Paper: Science and Technology Parks

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