The ICIT’s main publication is the twice-monthly Crescent International Newsmagazine. This presents an Islamic movement perspective on current affairs, as well as discussing issues concerning the contemporary Islamic movement. (For more information, see section 4 above.)
The ICIT is also committed to publishing academic and other literature which develops and promotes the Islamic movement and the Islamic world view. Since its formation, the ICIT has published three major papers. These are:
- Political Dimensions of the Seerah
by Dr. Kalim Siddiqui (1998).This was Dr. Siddiqui’s final paper, written shortly before his death. It outlines his understanding of the need for a reinterpretation of the Seerah ‘from a power perspective’ in order to draw lessons for the contemporary Islamic movement and the present situation facing the Ummah.
In it, Dr. Siddiqui suggested that a major research program into the Seerah was required, which would involve work in many areas by scholars all over the world over a number of years, at least. The ICIT plans to work extensively in this area in the future, insha’Allah.
- The Seerah: A Power Perspective
papers by Muhammad Al-Asi and Zafar Bangash (2000).This volume, the first of the ICIT’s ‘Papers on the Seerah’ series, consists of papers which seek to develop the ideas presented by Kalim Siddiqui in his Political Dimensions of the Seerah. Imam Al-Asi’s paper, The Prophet (p) and Power, examines the theoretical basis for legitimacy, authority, and power in Islam. Zafar Bangash’s paper, Power in the Framework of the Seerah, traces the Prophet’s acquisition of power through the various stages of his Prophethood.
- The Rise and Decline of the Arab-Islamic Reform Movement
by Basheer M. Nafi (2000).This paper, in the ICIT ‘Papers on Muslim Political Thought’ series, aims to construct a historical and conceptual framework for understanding recent Islamic reform movements in Arab countries and elsewhere in the Muslim world.
More papers are due for publications in the near future. Most of these will be new papers, although some will be papers which have previously been published but are little known, even among Islamic movement thinkers and activists.
The ICIT and Crescent Publications (UK) Ltd., its main publishing partner, which is based in London, also plan to re-issue and promote writings of Dr. Kalim Siddiqui and other major Islamic movement intellectuals of the recent past whose work can contribute to the contemporary Islamic movement.
The ICIT is also aware that there is a great demand for material on Islamic movement affairs which can go into greater depth than is possible in Crescent International but is not as heavy as books and academic papers. To fill this gap, the ICIT is planning a quarterly journal of Islamic news and political thought, to be launched sometime in 2000-01, insha’Allah.
The global Islamic movement is more than a movement of individuals — it is a movement of history. The task of establishing Islamic order, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala’s prescription for good living in this world, all over the Muslim world, is massive and wide-ranging.
The Islamic Revolution in Iran, at the dawn of the fifteenth-century Hijri, has given the Islamic movement a boost which may prove the beginning of its rise to global success, insha’Allah. But the task of consolidating the Revolution, and repeating its success in other Muslim countries, may take the rest of the century or longer.
Few individuals play crucial roles in the turning of history. Rather, it is the collective effort of all Muslims each doing his/her part. All any individual can do is find one or more parts of the work to which he/she can contribute, and doing so to the best of his/her ability. The success of the movement of the whole will then depend on the will of Allah.
The task the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought has set out to do is just one part of the work required by the Islamic movement if it is to succeed. But we believe it is an important, indeed essential, part of the work. All we hope to achieve to have played our role in the future success of the Islamic movement and to have served the pleasure of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in the process.