Saeed, Abdullah. Human Rights and Islam: An Introduction to Key Debates between Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018.
Is there a basis for human rights in Islam? Beginning with an exploration of what rights are and how the human rights discourse developed, Abdullah Saeed explores the resources that exist within Islamic tradition. He looks at those that are compatible with international human rights law and can be garnered to promote and protect human rights in Muslim-majority states. A number of rights are given specific focus, including the rights of women and children, freedom of expression and religion, as well as jihad and the laws of war. Human Rights and Islam emphasises the need for Muslims to rethink problematic areas of Islamic thought that are difficult to reconcile with contemporary conceptions of human rights.
Akbarzadeh, Shahram and Baxter, Kylie. Middle East Politics and International Relations: Crisis Zone. Routledge, 2018.
The contemporary Middle East has been defined by political crises and conflict. The interplay of internal and external factors have set the region on a path of turmoil and crisis with devastating outcomes for its people. The absence of political accountability and representation, and policies pursued by the United States to keep US-friendly regimes in power have been two key factors that have contributed to the seemingly insoluble Middle East politics.
This book provides a detailed exploration of the forces, internal and external, that have shaped today's Middle East. The book follows a chronological order and provides context to major political milestones.
Saeed, Abdullah. Al-Qran Abad 21: Tafsir Kontextual. Mizan, 2016.
This book highlights the development of interpretation of the Koran and raises the latest debates about new approaches to interpretation. The author offers practical guidance on how to interpret and present key ideas about a contextualist approach, which places the original message of the Koran in a broader social, political, economic and intellectual context. He proposes a more flexible method of interpretation, which recognises the repertoire of old Qur'anic interpretations while looking at changing conditions, and recognises the need for new approaches to interpreting the Koran.
The book reviews dominant approaches in pre-modern times, textualist approaches, and reactions to feminist interpretations of the Koran; reviews the hierarchical nature of the values of the Koran; and critiques the important themes of the Koran, comparing pre-modern and modern interpretations to show the evolutionary nature of the interpretation.
Saeed A., Gould R. and Duderija, A. Islamic teachings on contemporary issues for young Muslims (11.9Mb pdf) Melbourne: National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, 2016.
The book is divided into eight themes covering core issues related to religion, identity and diversity, as well as more advanced topics such as the meaning of jihad, Islamic teachings concerning governance, the historical phenomenon of slavery, and the challenge of Islamophobia. Students will learn about mainstream Islamic teachings on these topics and be challenged to research and present information, debate contentious issues and write persuasive essays covering this material.
The resource will equip students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to question many of the divisive and isolationist narratives that have emerged in recent times concerning Islam and the relationship of Muslims with those of other faiths, with a special emphasis on topics relevant to young Muslims living in Australia today. In addition, it is hoped that it will form a starting point for students interested in deepening their knowledge of Islamic tradition to pursue such education at a higher level.
- Saeed, Abdullah. "Reading the Qur'ān Contextually: Approaches and Challenges," in Sirry, Mun'im (ed.,). New Trends in Qur'ānic Studies: Text, Context, and Interpretation. Lockwood Press, 2019, pp. 151-162
- Saeed, Abdullah. "Religious Harmony in Today's World," in Hedges, Paul and Muez, Nursheila (eds.,). Religions and Common Space: Promoting Religious Peace. Nanyang Technological University, 2019, pp.
- Saeed, A. "Shari'a in Australia," in Emon, Anver M. and Ahmed, Rumee (eds.,). The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law. Oxford University Press, 2018, pp.
- Saeed, A. "Shari'ah and Education: A Brief Overview" in Daun, H. and Arjmand, R. (eds.,). Handbook of Islamic Education. New York: Springer International Publishing, 2018, pp.
- Saeed, A. "Sunnism, Shi'ism, Sufism, and Education: A Brief Overview," in Daun, H. and Arjmand, R. (eds.,). Handbook of Islamic Education. New York: Springer International Publishing, 2018, pp.
- Kamal, Muhammad. "Existence and Essence in Mulla Sadra’s Ontology," in Philosophy Study Vol. 9 No. 7, 2019, pp. 399-407
- Saeed, Abdullah. "Living in a Religiously Plural Society: A Muslim Perspective on Being Inclusive Today," in Interreligious Relations No. 2, 2019, pp. 1-12.
- Akbar, Ali and Saeed, Abdullah. "Interpretation and mutability: socio-legal texts of the Quran; three accounts from contemporary Iran," in Middle Eastern Studies 54 No. 3, 2018, pp. 442-458
- Abdullah, A. "ضرورة دعم التعليم الإسلامي في الحفاظ على الهوية الثقافية لمسلم غانا لتعزيز التعايش السلمي والتسامح الديني The need to support Islamic education in preserving the cultural identity of Muslims in Ghana to promote peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance," in E-Journal of Arabic Studies & Islamic Civilization Vol. 4, 2017, pp.
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