Analytic Briefs

The Tabah Analytical Briefs series aims to empower Tabah clientele – Shariah scholars and Muslim opinion leaders – with background information and critical analysis of contemporary events and debates. Each brief is a report of three to five pages, and concisely introduces a concept or topic relating to culture and socio-political change in the global community. The purpose of this series is to provide vital information that will assist scholars and policy makers in formulating a clear conception of the "Shared Public Space", in developing an informed discourse, and in then mediating the challenges facing the Muslim world today.

The Public Understanding of Islamic Scholarship in Society

Addressing the Faux Fatwa Fiqhtion Addiction

Elements of a Fatwa & Their Contributionto Confidence in Its Validity

Elements of a Fatwa & Their Contributionto Confidence in Its Validity

This exploratory study examines the confidence Sunni Muslims place in the validity of fatwas based on their elements.

Ranking Confidence in the Validity of Contemporary Fatwas & their Dissemination
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Ranking Confidence in the Validity of Contemporary Fatwas & their Dissemination channels

The present exploratory study examines the confidence Sunni Muslims place in the validity of contemporary fatwas communicated through a variety of communication scenarios.

Reducing The Role of Decision-Making Biases in Muslim Responsa

Reducing The Role of Decision-Making Biases in Muslim Responsa

The role of decision-making biases in the fatwa process.

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration & Mediation in non-Muslim Regions

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration & Mediation in non-Muslim Regions

Shari‘ah-based personal dispute resolution for Muslims living in non-Muslim regions.

Islam-West Dialogue: A Critical Analysis of the Davos Report

Islam-West Dialogue: A Critical Analysis of the Davos Report

A summary and critical analysis of the document Islam and the West: Annual Report on the State of Dialogue, January 2008, its core issues and recommendations for Muslim leaders and scholars of Islamic Sacred Law (Shari‘ah).

Ethics & Virtual Worlds: Second Life as a Case Study

Ethics & Virtual Worlds: Second Life as a Case Study

An introduction to Linden Lab’s Second Life and virtual worlds, the ethics of virtual worlds, and an outline of related issues in need of informed Shari‘ah reflection.

How We Got Here: A Critical Analysis of Niall Ferguson’s "The Ascent of Money"

How We Got Here: A Critical Analysis of Niall Ferguson’s "The Ascent of Money"

Niall Ferguson’s "The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World" offers a history of six crucial components to modern capitalism, the benefits these provide, and the consequences of their realization.

America's Priorities in the Future of US-Muslim Relations

America's Priorities in the Future of US-Muslim Relations

A summary and analysis of Changing Course: A New Direction for US Relations with the Muslim World, a report of a 34-member bipartisan leadership group recommending best strategies for improving America’s relationships with Muslim countries and communities.

Ethical Dimensions of Nanotechnology

Ethical Dimensions of Nanotechnology

This brief paper introduces the subject of Nanotechnology and its ethical implications as an applied technology. It goes on to explore and present a blueprint for the theological, legal and ethical issues which Muslim scholars may need to address, as well as a framework through which scholars can determine relevant solutions.

Reasonable Accommodation

Reasonable Accommodation

"Reasonable Accommodation" contends that religious practices will no longer be sheltered under the umbrella of multiculturalism. Further, it imposes a limitation on the participation of faith in the public space by stipulating a condition of "reasonable proof" on religion.

The Lost Tools of Learning: Text and Analysis

The Lost Tools of Learning: Text and Analysis

The "Lost Tools of Learning" is a study and analysis of classic educational systems in the West with an introduction outlining their respective implications for Islam.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" is an analytical reading of the conclusion of a survey including 16 scientists and thinkers. It was conducted by "Foreign Policy" and covered the main scientific, social and political phenomena which are present today, yet predicted to disappear within 35 years.

Recommendations to Support the Moderate Trends Among Muslim Communities

Recommendations to Support the Moderate Trends Among Muslim Communities

The RAND report entitled "Building Moderate Muslim Networks" is a follow- on from the two previous RAND reports entitled "Civil Democratic Islam" and "The Muslim World after 9/11", and focuses on identifying partners and developing a strategy for working with the latter. This brief contribution is a summary and analysis of the conclusions of that report.

Gallup Poll on the Muslim World

Gallup Poll on the Muslim World

Summary and brief analysis of the Gallup Poll on the Muslim world, commissioned in 2006 as part of a greater poll designed to identify the needs and desires of the world's population at large.

 
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