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The work of the ICIT

The ICIT’s work can be divided into the following six categories: Media; Internet; Publishing; Conferences and Seminars; Teaching and Lecture Courses; and Research

Media

The Crescent International, edited by Iqbal Siddiqui, is the international flagship of the ICIT. It has been published since before the Islamic Revolution. It is published in Toronto and Pretoria, with distribution centres in London and Pakistan. Its main editorial office is in London. Its worldwide circulation is about 30,000.

Crescent International has both news and current affairs analysis, as well as discussions of political, methodological and other issues concerning the contemporary Islamic movement. It is also presently serialising a new Tafseer of the Qur’an by Imam Muhammad Al-Asi.

Crescent International is also published on the Internet, under the name Muslimedia.

An Arabic version of the Crescent, called Al-Hilal Al-Dawli, was published from 1987-91. Plans for relaunching this are at an advanced stage, as are plans for publishing an Urdu edition of the Crescent in Pakistan.

Internet

The Internet is the new world medium, with massive potential. The ICIT is committed to developing a major and effective Internet presence to promote and serve the Islamic movement. The ICIT’s website, www.islamicthought.org, is online but remains under development. It will, insha’Allah, be developed as a major central news and reference centre for the Islamic movement over the next few years. This will work closely with Muslimedia, the Crescent website, and other Islamic movement sites.

Publishing

The ICIT has affiliated publishing companies in many of the countries in which it operates, including UK, Canada, South Africa, Pakistan and Malaysia. These have been used largely for publishing and distributing the works of Dr Kalim Siddiqui and for distributing Crescent. Video-tapes have also been produced and marketed.

The ICIT plans to step this work up in the immediate future, commissioning and publishing works on all aspects of the Islamic movement and contemporary history, both by authors within the ICIT and others. The ICIT’s first publication, in 1998, was Dr Kalim Siddiqui’s final paper, ‘Political Dimensions of the Seerah’.

The ICIT’s publishing programme for the year 2000 includes papers by Muhammad Al-Asi, Zafar Bangash, Dr Basheer M. Nafi, Dr Kalim Siddiqui, Dr Perwez Shafi and Iqbal Siddiqui.

The works of Dr Kalim Siddiqui, which make a massive and original contribution to contemporary Islamic political thought, are not as well known as they should be. ICIT also plans to use videotape, CD ROM and Internet technology to spread the ideas and understanding of the Islamic movement.

Conferences and Seminars

Over the last 20 years, international conferences have proved effective means of communicating the Islamic movement perspective to large numbers of people in the UK, North America, South Africa and Pakistan. We have also been able to contribute substantially to Islamic conferences in other parts of the world.

Since its establishment early in 1998, the ICIT has already held major conferences in South Africa, the UK and Pakistan, designed to convey our Islamic movement perspective of history and current affairs to intellectuals, opinion-makers and ordinary people.

Seminars, of a higher academic level than conferences, are also important for developing the ideas of the Islamic movement, and the understanding of Muslims all over the world. The seminars that Dr Kalim Siddiqui convened in London in the 1980s played a major role in developing Muslim understanding of the Islamic Revolution in its early years. But the amount of intellectual work which remains to be done is enormous.

The ICIT is planning to launch a programme of intellectual seminars and other work in London, North America and other centres. The first of these will be on the political ideas of the Islamic movement. The proceedings of these seminars will be published in monograph form for widespread distribution.

Teaching and Lecture Courses

Teaching and lecture courses are also an effective way of spreading the Islamic movement’s ideas and perspective. Under Dr Kalim Siddiqui, the Muslim Institute ran courses on Islamic culture and history before the Islamic Revolution, and then shifted its emphasis to Islamic political thought, culture and philosophy, as well as to the study of the Revolution itself. In recent years, Crescent has run courses in journalism for Muslims in North America and South Africa.

The ICIT plans to develop this work. All major western universities have large numbers of Muslim students studying secular and western subjects but also looking for Islamic education. The ICIT plans to run supplementary undergraduate-level courses for Muslim undergraduates in London to give them the fundamentals of Islamic history and political thought from an Islamic movement perspective. This is especially important to counter the secular ideas being deliberately inculcated among young Muslims by the enemies of Islam.

Research

The political thought of the Islamic movement also needs to be developed, and work in other areas, including history and other social sciences, is also essential. Scholars working from an Islamic perspective are generally disparaged and marginalised by the mainstream of academia. They need to be assisted, encouraged and given a platform.

One idea the ICIT hopes to implement for this purpose is the publication of a quarterly journal of Islamic political thought. It is hoped that this will be launched during 2000-01.…

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The ICIT’s international work

London, UK

London is a major base (along with Toronto) of the ICIT. London is a hub of international affairs of all kinds, and the global Islamic movement is no exception. The editorial offices of the Crescent International are now based in London, under Iqbal Siddiqui.

London is also a center for ICIT’s publications, through Crescent Publications (UK) Ltd., which also distributes Crescent, and for the ICIT’s seminars and conferences. Current and pending local activities include seminars, lectures, and teaching courses. The ICIT’s London operations are run by Iqbal Siddiqui and Dr. Maqsood Ali Siddiqi.

North America

Toronto, Canada, was the base of the Crescent International until 1999. It is also the base of Zafar Bangash, Director of the ICIT. Toronto is now one of the ICIT’s two major bases, and the ICIT’s publications and operations center for North America.

The USA is widely recognized today as the ‘sole superpower’ and the dominant force in the exploitative and decadent western civilization. As such, it is also the main enemy of Islam in the world. At the same time, it is home to a large Muslim community, both immigrant and indigenous, and representing every part and sector of the Ummah. This community is both under great threat in the US and has the potential to play a massive and unique role in the Islamic movement. The ICIT is committed to helping the Muslims in North America to survive in their hostile environment, to understand their position in the global Ummah and to contribute to bettering the conditions of their fellow-Muslims elsewhere in the world.

South Africa

The ICIT’s operations in South Africa are coordinated by the Crescent office in Pretoria. Muslims in South Africa are already well aware of the work of the global Islamic movement. They are well established and have a history of supporting Islamic causes.

The ICIT held a major conference there in August 1998 and February 2000. They follow conferences held by Crescent International in 1996 and 1997. Our publications are already widely distributed and read. Production and marketing of other products are planned.

Pakistan

The situation in Pakistan is critical. Pakistan has always been influenced by America, but its people have always been deeply committed to Islam. They have also been deeply moved and inspired by the example of the Revolution in Iran. It is now a battleground where the Americans, the Saudis and other enemies of the Islamic movement are fighting to limit the influence of the Islamic movement, even at the cost of the total disintegration of society. But Pakistan is also ripe for Islamic movement work.

ICIT has operation centers in Islamabad and Karachi. The Crescent is distributed there and is very influential among sections of the English-reading population, including sympathetic opinion-makers. Plans for producing the Crescent locally, in both English and Urdu, in order to communicate with more people, are under active consideration. So too are plans for distributing ICIT publications widely in English and Urdu.

A major conference, designed to plant our ideas deeper in the minds of local activists and intellectuals, was held in Islamabad in October 1998. This was followed by a lecture tour in Karachi. However, the need and potential for work in Pakistan are both immense. Further work will be launched with programs in Pakistan in the summer of 2000, insha’Allah.

Other countries

In other countries, our presence is mainly informal. However, Crescent is widely read, our publications are available and distributed, and we have important contacts who contribute to our work internationally and promote our ideas in their own areas. The potential for expansion in some areas, such as Malaysia, Australia, and India, is huge, once ICIT operations are better established in its main bases.…

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