The global Islamic movement is the dominant new reality in history. The aim of the movement is to re-establish Islam as a source of power and justice in all Muslim countries, and throughout the world. At its broadest level, the sole aim of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) is to contribute to the work of the global Islamic movement as best we can.
However, the work of the Islamic movement is too broad for any single institution. Our skills, background and experience are in intellectual, academic, media and public relations work. We believe that we can use these skills to contribute to the Islamic movement in three main areas:
The Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) was established in 1998 to continue the work begun by the late Dr Kalim Siddiqui (1931-1996), who was Director of the Muslim Institute, London.
Dr Kalim Siddiqui worked to 'generate an intellectual revolution in Muslim political thought'. After the Islamic Revolution in Iran, he set about studying, understanding and promoting the political thinking of the new, global Islamic movement inspired by the Islamic Revolution. Under Dr Kalim Siddiqui's leadership, the Muslim Institute became the centre of a global network of Islamic institutions and workers which have carried the message of the global Islamic movement all around the world.
The ICIT was established by a number of Dr Kalim Siddiqui's closest associates to continue his work for the global Islamic movement. These include Zafar Bangash of Toronto, Canada, who is now Director of the ICIT, Imam Mohammed al-Asi and Imam Abdul Alim Musa of Washington DC, and Iqbal Siddiqui of London, now the editor of the Crescent International newsmagazine.
The ICIT also has affiliates all over the world. These include organizations and contacts in Canada, the USA, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia, and numerous other countries. Many of these are contacts who have been working with the Muslim Institute for over two decades.
The ICIT is built upon, and is carrying on from, virtually all the work Dr Kalim Siddiqui did in the global Islamic movement over a twenty-five year period. The ICIT, fully committed to the cause of the global Islamic movement, is now strongly placed to develop this international work over the next few decades, insha'Allah.
The ICIT is an international body consisting of separate entities in different countries, including UK, Canada, South Africa and Pakistan. In other countries, the ICIT's operations are (or will be) carried out through local bodies or individuals working on behalf of the ICIT.
The activities of the ICIT are co-ordinated by an eight-member Board of Trustees. Zafar Bangash, based in Toronto, is Chairman of this Board, and Director of the ICIT.
Other Trustees are Imam Mohammed al-Asi (USA), Imam Abdul Alim Musa (USA), Mrs Suraiya Siddiqui (UK), Dr Maqsood Ali Siddiqi (UK), Mr Iqbal Siddiqui (UK), Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail (South Africa) and Dr Perwez Shafi (Pakistan).
The ICIT has offices in Toronto and London, and works through Crescent International offices in Karachi and Pretoria.
4. 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
5. The ICIT's international work
6. ICIT Publications
About the ICIT
The Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought
an intellectual centre of the global Islamic movement
This is an up-dated version of an introductory document first published in July 1998. It provides a fuller introduction to the aims, objectives and work of the ICIT.