for a Better Future
14th Century Muslim scholar Ibn Khaldun is regarded as
the founder of modern sociology. In his landmark study, the "Muqaddimah"
(Introduction), Ibn Khaldun explained the rise and fall of civilizations
in a theory that continues to influence the way we think about society
and culture. Our web-based policy center evokes Ibn Khaldun's spirit
of enlightened analysis and criticism. We invite you to join us
in this great tradition of critical inquiry.
White Papers on America, American
Muslim Life, and the Muslim World
The AIC spotlights intellectual work on a variety of topics, though
generally within the guidelines of our Statement
of Principles. We encourage thoughtful analysis of current events,
innovative proposals for social and economic development, and unusual
but provocative collaborations. If you have an idea for a piece,
email us an abstract.
Focus areas include:
For many American Muslims, September 11 has prompted new insights
on many of these topics. Read some noteworthy articles, including
pieces by AIC members, in our "Time
of Reckoning" collection.
Web-archived Media Appearances:
Jum'ah Reflections: Meditations
Inspired by Traditional Texts
Friday is the Muslim holy day, known as Yawm al-Jum'ah.
Philosophical ruminations, or Jum'ah Reflections, explore
themes of tolerance, truth, beauty, self-improvement, social justice,
and more through traditional Muslim texts. Excerpts from the Qu'ran,
the hadith (sayings of the prophet Muhammad), and other classical
Muslim texts inspire new insights on age-old ideas. To submit a
Jum'ah Reflection, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.