official site of Iranian scholar and intellectual, Prof. Abdolkarim
Soroush. Contains articles, lectures and interviews.
articles by Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina, Professor of Islamic
Studies at the University of Virginia.
Abdullah Saeed Abdullah Saeed is Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, and Director of Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include:
(a) approaches to the interpretation of the Qur'an today; (b) reform of classical Islamic law; (c) Islam and human rights; (d) Islam and Muslims in the West; and (e) modern Islamic thought.
publications by Sudanese scholar, Prof. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im,
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law School.
Wahid (Gus Dur) Official website of ex-Indonesian President,
Nahdatul Ulama (NU) leader and Muslim intellectual, Abdurrahman
Wahid, or more
affectionately known as Gus Dur. Contains some of his opinion
virtual online library that stores extensive materials on
one of the greatest Muslim philosopher, mystic and jurist,
Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali. Contains e-texts
of his famous works, including Ihya' 'Ulum al-din
(Revivification of the Religious Sciences), al-Munqidh
min al-dalal (Deliverance from Error) and Tahafut
al-Falasifa (Incoherence of the Philosophers).
Walid Ibn Rushd (Averroes) Contains extensive resources on Averroes,
one of the greatest Muslim
rationalist, philosopher and thinker, including e-texts of
works, Tahafut at-Tahafut (Incoherence of the Incoherence)
Fasal al-Maql (On the Harmony of Religion and Philosophy).
official site of Iranian scholar-activist, Dr. Ali Shariati.
online writings, speeches and lectures.
Anwar Fazal Malaysia's leading international civil society advocate and activist in
the area of consumer rights, health environment, human rights and
social ethics. Founder and prime mover of many local and global
movements and served in UN Advisory Commitee on Nutrition.
Winner of Right Livelihood Award (the 'alternative' Nobel Prize) in
by Muslim scholar, Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, founder of Institute
of Islamic Studies and Center for Study of Society and Secularism,
conference papers, editorials and essays by Prof. Asma
Barlas, Professor of Politics, Ithaca College, New York.
Azyumardi Azra is considered as one of the leading Muslim
intellectual and historian in Southeast Asia. He is Rector
of State Islamic University (UIN), Jakarta. This site contains
some of his
articles and conference papers.
articles by Christopher Henry Dawson. He was regarded as
one of the greatest Catholic historian of the twentieth century.
articles, speeches and interviews by Prof. Cornel West. Prof.
West is an American scholar, theologian, social critic and
public intellectual. He is a Professor of Religion and African-American
Studies at Princeton University, USA.
Douglas Kellner One of the most important “third generation” critical theorists in the tradition of the Frankfurt School, Kellner was an early theorist of the field of critical media literacy and has been a leading theorist of media culture generally. This site contains the full texts of many of his previous books and essays, as well as a number of streaming audio and video files.
archive of articles by and about Edward Said, published in
various columns and journals.
archive articles on global politics and religion by the late
Dr. Eqbal Ahmed who was a journalist and widely respected
observer and critic.
some articles by German humanist, Dr. Erich Fromm.
He was a prominent psychologist, psychoanalyst, psychotherapist
sociologist. The site is hosted by The International Erich
articles by South African scholar, Prof. Farid Esack, Besl
in Ethics, Religion and Society at Xavier University.
A. Noor Dr.
Farish Noor is a Malaysian scholar-activist and social commentator.
He is a political scientist and currently based at the Center
Orient Studies, Berlin. The Other Malaysia site contains some
social critiques on various issues.
Aris Omar One of Malaysia's leading public intellectual
who pioneered Malaysiakini.com. For his role in advocating
press freedom and democratic public sphere, Fathi Aris Omar
received the Press Freedom Award from Reporter sans Frontieres
(RSF) in 2000. He now leads a group of young activists who
gathered under the network of Komunite Seni Jalan Telawi (KsJT).
This site contains articles written for ummahonline.com, commenting
on issues on Islam and society.
Frank Furedi Professor of Sociology at University of Kent, and author of Politics of Fear, Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone?, Therapy Culture, Paranoid Parenting and Culture of Fear. Furedi’s research is oriented towards the study of the workings of precautionary culture and risk aversion in Western societies. Furedi’s books and articles offer an authoritative yet lively account of key developments in contemporary cultural life.
Goenawan Mohamad Goenawan Mohamad is one of Indonesia's most prominent journalist, public intellectual and culturalist. His blog is an archive of his weekly column, Catatan Piggir, in Tempo magazine.
Hamid Dabashi A postcolonial thinker, cultural critic and Hagop Kevorkian Professor
of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University
in New York. His work deals with culture, politics, medieval and
modern Islam, comparative literature, world cinema, and the
philosophy of art.
articles by Dr. Henry Armand Giroux, Global Television Network
Chair in Communications Studies, McMaster University.
site of prominent American historian and social critic, Dr.
Howard Zinn. Contains his commentaries, articles and interviews
various social and geo-political issues.
excerpts from the book Savage Inequalities and other articles
by Jonathan Kozol, an American educationist, writer and social
Juliet B. Schor One of the leading American critics of the consumer culture, Juliet B. Schor is a Professor of Sociology at Boston College and had been consultant at the World Institute for Development Economics Research and the United Nations Development Program.
Kassim Ahmad A blog archiving some of Kassim Ahmad's essays and commentaries. Kassim Ahmad is one of Malaysia's foremost public intellectual whose views cover a range of issues from socio-politics to religion.
articles by Muslim jurist and scholar, Prof. Khaled Abou El
Fadl, Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Fellow in Islamic
the UCLA School of Law.
e-texts of some of Leo Tolstoy's writings, including his
important work, The Kingdom of God is Within You.
Tolstoy was a
Christian humanist and one of Russia's great writers and thinkers.
e-books of Prof. Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic
Thought and Interreligious Dialogue in Temple University.
He is also
the co-founder and co-director of the Global Dialogue Institute.
Zakiyah Munir Contains
articles by Indonesian human rights and gender studies scholar,
Dr. Lily Zakiyah. She is the Director of Center for Pesantren
and Democracy Studies in Jombang, East Java.
emerging Indonesian intellectual who lectures in Paramadina
University. Dr. Luthfi is co-founder of Indonesia's Liberal
Network (JIL). This site contains some of his articles, essays
Muhammad Taha Site dedicated to the life and thought
of reformist Muslim thinker and leader of The Republican
Party in Sudan, al-Ustaadh Mahmoud Muhammad Taha. Al-Ustaadh
Mahmoud was executed in 1985 on the charge of apostasy in
a politically-motivated move by ex-President Numeiri of
Masdar F. Mas'udi Official site of Indonesia's leading progressive traditionalist
scholar-activist. Kiyai Masdar is widely regarded as instrumental to the
emergence of a progressive, liberal tradition within Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)
organization - Indonesia's biggest Muslim group.
some of Max Weber's important works, including The
Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and The
Religion. Max Weber is regarded as a founder of modern
Kadivar Interviews and writings by Iranian
scholar-cleric, Mohsen Kadivar,
faculty member in Department of Philosophy at Tarbiat Modares
official site of Pakistani Muslim thinker and a poet-philosopher,
Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Site hosted by the Iqbal Academy of
Pakistan. Contains complete text of his magnum opus, The
Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam and some
of his famous poems.
'Abed al-Jabri Al-Jabri
is an important contemporary Moroccan thinker-philosopher
who called for a re-examination of Arab heritage (al-turath)
Reason. He is a proponent of Averroism and believes that Muslims
should recapture the rationalism of Ibn Rushd (Averroes).
is in Arabic, with a few French and English articles.
Muqtedar Khan is Assistant Professor of Political Science
of Political Science Department, Adrian College, Michigan.
hosts some of his writings on Islam and global affairs.
dedicated to political and human rights activist, Nadia Yassine,
who is also daughter of the founder of the Moroccan movement,
Justice and Spirituality Association. Contains her lectures,
A. Berdyaev Online translated works and articles
of Russian thinker, Nikolai
official site of Prof. Noam Chomsky, American critic and Institute
Professor Emeritus of Lingustics at the Massachusetts Institute
Technology. Contains extensive archive of articles, audio
files, debates and letters.
website is developed as a resource for students of critical
pedagogy. Contains the Journal of Education Policy Studies,
a list of his recent and forthcoming books, as well as several
Aronowitz has taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York since 1983. He studies labor, social
movements, science and technology, education, social theory
and cultural studies and is director of the Center for the
Study of Culture, Technology and Work at the Graduate Center.
This site contains several of his recent articles.
Sivaraksa is a prominent Thai intellectual and social critic,
as well as a proponent of 'engaged Buddhism', a social justice
movement based on the principles of Buddhism. This site contains
his writings and speeches.
dedicated to Swiss-born academic and scholar-activist, Prof.
Ramadan, currently Visiting Professor at Saint Anthony's College,
University of Oxford.
articles written by Father Thomas Michel, SJ, a Jesuit
priest and proponent of interreligious dialogue. He is
a Secretary of Jesuit Secretariat for Interreligious
Dialogue in Rome.
articles and essays by Prof. Timur Kuran, Professor of
Economics and Law, and King Faisal Professor of Islamic Thought
Culture at the University of Southern California.
Maulana Waris Mazhari Collection of writings by New Delhi-based Maulana Waris Mazhari, editor of Urdu monthly magazine, 'Tarjuman Dar ul-Uloom', the official organ of Deoband Madrasa's Graduates' Association.
James Contains extensive resources on psychologist,
Dr. William James,
including full-text of his major work, The Varieties
Muslim Action Network AMAN is a network of progressive Muslims
across Asia who seek responses to various challenges facing
society, such as corruption, consumerism, ethnic tensions,
violence against women and children and environmental degradation.
It is founded and chaired by Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer.
Center for Global Nonviolence Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, this Center aims to assist discovery and expression of nonviolent human potentials through small, creative, catalytic and responsive acts of peace. Contains downloadable articles and publications.
for Moderate Muslim Indonesia CMM is an Indonesian-based organization
that has connections with individuals across ASEAN. It calls
for regional networking on issues of humanity, social justice
Center for Pesantren and Democracy An Indonesian NGO that promotes a progressive, open and tolerant society based on Islamic values that support democracy, freedom, justice, equality and civicness.
Citizens International A Penang-based global initiative focusing on fostering awareness, activism and advocacy in issues of stability and well-being of humanity in the 21st century. It seeks to promote, protect and project universal values and rule of law against the diktat of a powerful few.
A Washington-based Center for the Study
of Islam and Democracy (CSID). Contains several conference
papers, commentaries and articles. Includes online CSID
newsletter, Muslim Democrat.
Contains articles published in Secular
Perspective from Center for Study of Society and Secularism.
Fahmina Institute The Fahmina Institute, founded by progressive young kiyais, seeks to promote critical discourses on Islam that will lead to the strengthening of civil society and social empowerment, particularly within the pesantrens.
Institute A Jakarta-based that promotes intellectual
engagements, research and writing on issues of democracy,
nationalism and market economy. Led by Executive Director,
Indonesian-based International Centre
for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP) that promotes progressive and
pluralist vision of Islam. Contains articles, commentaries
The International Conference on
Religion and Peace (ICRP) is a Jakarta-based multifaith
non-profit and non-governmental organization that promotes
interfaith and inter-religious dialogues. It aims at socializing
religious pluralism and humanistic appreciation of religious
teachings and life.
publications by International Institute for the Study of Islam
in the Modern World, Leiden.
INSIST The Indonesian Society for Social Transformation (INSIST), established in Yogyakarta in 1997, is an organization that seeks to develop critical discourse, build networks and offer alternative perspectives on development issues, and targets structural issues in the process of Indonesian social transformation.
Institut DIAN / Interfidei An institute for inter-faith dialogue in Indonesia, with the vision to establish a civil society which is rooted in humanitarian and democratic values.
Congress on Islamic Feminism A Congress held in Barcelona and
led by Catalan Islamic Board, Spain to further the cause of
women's rights and emancipation in Islam. Contains articles
by Muslim women's rights' scholars such as Amina Wadud, Asma
Barlas, Lily Zakiyah, Riffat Hassan and Zainah Anwar.
Telawi.com A project by Malaysian research center,
Institut Kajian Dasar (IKD) and German foundation, Konrad
Adenauer Stiftung, to promote enlightened discussions on issues
Islam Emansipatoris An
Indonesian-based network by Perhimpunan Pengembangan Pesantren
dan Masyarakat (P3M) that promotes social reforms through
public participation. Led by pesantren-trained scholar-activist,
F. Mas'udi, Director, P3M.
Islam Liberal An
Indonesian-based network that promotes liberal and pluralist
discourses on Islam. Led by Ulil-Abshar Abdalla, Coordinator
essays by Malaysian activist and public intellectual, Dr.
Chandra Muzaffar, founder of International Movement for a
Just World (JUST).
articles on gender-related issues of human rights for Muslims.
Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights is led by founder-president,
Dr. Azizah Y. al-Hibri.
Utan Kayu A collaborative effort by several Jakarta-based
organizations: arts groups Teater Utan Kayu and Galeri Lontar,
cultural journal Kalam, Institut Studi Arus Informasi (ISAI)
led by Goenawan Mohamed, Liberal Islam Network (JIL) and
Radio 68-H. The KUK network shares a common principle: freedom
of thought and expression. KUK believes that experimentation
and sophistication in various fields is a sign of a society
that is democratic, open and progressive.
Seni Jalan Telawi (KSJT) A Malaysian-based informal group that
engages young activists on critical ideas and cultural-social
issues, via discussions and writings.
Foundation A Jakarta-based organization spearheaded
by Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), CEO Holland Taylor and Ahmad
Dhani (Dewa singer/songwriter). The organization seeks to
eliminate underlying causes of terrorism, promote liberty,
pluralism and peace through cultural and educational programmes.
Institute A Jakarta-based organization that promotes
the vision of Indonesian intellectual, Ahmad Syafii Maarif.
Maarif Institute conducts programmes and research in cross-cultural
issues. It also promotes the strengthening of civil society
through expanding the democratic vision and dialogue.
Multiversity An initiative to rid Eurocentric biases in university studies. Contains critical articles that challenge dominant perspectives on issues of education, politics and culture in today's world.
Open Dialogue Centre A think tank based in Kuala Lumpur that focuses on youth empowerment and the
promotion of freedom and democracy. The Centre runs Ide Quarterly Journal that
provides a forum for youth to present their views, discuss, and debate creative
and critical ideas on important social, economic, political and cultural
QANTARA A German-based portal that promotes dialogue
with the Muslim world. A collaboration between Federal Center
for Political Education, the Goethe Institut and the Institute
for Foreign Relations.
Rahima Rahima (Center for the Education and Information on Islam and Women's Rights Issues) is a Jakarta-based non-governmental
organization that seeks the
empowerment of women within an Islamic framework. Its activities are aimed at raising awareness through
public campaigns, networking and discoursing.
in Islam A Malaysian-based organization advocating
gender justice, human rights, democracy and freedom. Led
by Zainah Anwar, who is SIS Executive Director, prominent
Malaysian social critic and human rights activist.
The Wahid Institute An Indonesian institute that seeks to socialize Abddurahman Wahid's
vision, that is, a progressive, inclusive, tolerant and democratic approach to Islam. The institute works in the field of education and social development; seeking cooperation across religious, ethnic and social boundaries.
Third World Network The Third World Network is an international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to environment, development and the Third World and North-South issues. Its flagship magazine, Third World Resurgence, covers a wide range of topics including environment, economics and biotechnology.
Tikkun A progressive Jewish-initiated group that seeks to heal and transform the world through spreading messages of social justice, ecological sanity, peace, love, generosity and trust across various spiritual communities. Tikkun is led by Rabbi Michael Lerner and runs a bi-monthly magazine that calls for social and spiritual transformation through analyzing sociopolitical issues and current affairs.
Yayasan Wakaf Paramadina The Paramadina Foundation was established along the vision of its founder, Nurcholish Madjid. It promotes the development of a modern Indonesian Islamic intellectual tradition that is inclusive, pluralistic and universal.
Deschooling Society Complete text of Ivan Illich's seminal work on effects of modern education on society.
Encyclopedia Iranica A comprehensive research tool, dedicated to the study of Iranian civilisation in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.
Hayy ibn Yaqzan Complete translated text of Abu Bakr ibn Tufail's philosophical classic that narrates the story of a child who was nurtured by a gazelle and grew up totally isolated from other humans, yet achieved profound insights on God and religion through the mere reliance of his human faculties.
A History of Muslim Philosophy Complete text of M.M. Sharif (ed.), A History of
Muslim Philosophy , 2 Vols. A classic introductory
survey of Muslim philosophical thought and development.
Humanistic Texts.org Contains excerpts of classical works of various world
traditions, including Muslim poets (al-Ma'aari, Sa'di,
Hafiz) and historians (Ibn Khallikan, Ibn Khaldun).
Pedagogy of the Oppressed Three out of four chapters of Paulo Freire's seminal work
is available here. The book is considered one of the most important work on critical pedagogy to appear in modern philosophy of education of 20th century.
The Revolt of the Masses E-text of Jose Ortega Y. Gasset's classic study of the"mass man" in modern society, The Revolt of the Masses.
The Muqaddimah Complete text of Franz Rosenthal's translation
of Ibn Khaldun's famous treatise, Muqaddimah. Ibn Khaldun's
Muqaddimah is considered as one of the greatest early
historical text that inquires into the nature of human civilization.
MultiversityLibrary Electronic access to some important writings by scholars offering critical perspectives originating from the South (Third World). Includes Edward Said's Orientalism and Syed Hussein Alatas' Myth of the Lazy Native. Other works available inlclude those by Ali Shariati, Eqbal Ahmed, Ashis Nandy, Ngungi wa Thiong'o, Chinua Achebe, Gustavo Esteva, Ivan Illich, Mohammed Khatami and Ziauddin Sardar.
Spiritual Writings of Soren Kierkegaard Edited by Charles E. Moore, this book
is a comprehensive collection of Kierkegaard's sayings and aphorisms
extracted from his various writings. Kierkegaard was a Danish
existentialist philosopher and Christian thinker in 19th Century
Thinkers on Education An extensive collection of introductory articles on
various influential figures in educational thought
and issues. By International Bureau of
The Story of Stuff
Abstract: From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in
our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden
from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at
the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff
exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social
issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.