Think Tanks and the Future of the Islamic World

Think tanks, the collective intellect of society, produce systematic and specialized knowledge, which in turn means power. What is a Think Tank? Think tanks are institutes where ideas are produced. They have also been called factories of ideas, idea production and Research and Development centers. Think tanks are organizations nurturing and assembling specialists from different areas of interests and engaging in advocacy. They conduct research, develop policies and advocate in social, economic, political and military subjects. Although these organizations are claimed to be independent, most of the time they act…

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Preserving the presence of mind and ‘language of balance’

‘Securitization’ in international relations theories is a concept describing exactly how to reach through words where the words fail. The term is first coined by Ole Waever and examines how a certain issue is transformed by an actor into a matter of security through speech acts. According to Waever (1995), something is transformed into reality as soon as it is articulated and verbally expressed. Securitization, transforming an issue into a matter of security can be succeeded in constructing that issue as a security problem through speech acts. The state of…

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Editor:The Qur’an, 1400

This year is the 1400th anniversary of revelation of the Qur’an. This year is the year of the Qur’an. The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) took the decision that to mark the 1400th anniversary of the Qur’an. 2010 and 2011 will be the years of commemoration and paying tribute to the Qur’an in all Muslim countries. In the same date, the council of the Union of Non-governmental Organizations of Islamic World (UNIW), gathered in Kuala Lumpur on 22-25 of May, made a decision to organize activities promoting and understanding the…

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