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Copyright: the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, London, 2000-2004.
Website edited by Iqbal Siddiqui.
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This page published: April 20, 2000. Last updated: December 26, 2004.

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Crescent International
the ICIT's newsmagazine

Crescent International is an international newsmagazine of the global Islamic movement that is affiliated with the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought. It is published in Canada, South Africa and Pakistan, and also distributed from London and Nigeria. Its editorial offices are in London. Edited by Iqbal Siddiqui, also the ICIT's representative in London, it brings together news and analysis from Islamic movement activists all over the world.

Crescent International was originally a local paper in Toronto, Canada. In 1980, after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, it was converted to an international newsmagazine by Dr Kalim Siddiqui, director of the Muslim Institute, and Zafar Bangash, a member of the Muslim Institute who had been editor of Crescent since 1975 and remained editor until 1998. Under Zafar Bangash, it became one of the most respected publications in the Islamic movement. An Arabic edition, called Al-Hilal Al-Dawli, was published from 1986-89, before being closed for financial reasons.

Crescent analyses and comments on current affairs from an Islamic perspective. It also discusses issues concerning the Islamic movement, its institutions, work and its activists. After Dr Kalim Siddiqui's death in 1996, Zafar Bangash became assistant director of the Muslim Institute, London, and then Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought in 1998. He was succeeded as editor of Crescent by Iqbal Siddiqui. Other major contributors include Imam Mohammed Al-Asi of Washington DC, whose tafseer of the Qur'an is presently being serialised, Dr Muzaffar Iqbal, of the Centre for Islam and Science in Canada, M A Shaikh in London, and Perwez Shafi in Pakistan. Crescent also has correspondents all over the world, many of whom prefer to remain anonymous.

Crescent International has its own website,