Al-Serat Journal Archives


'Al-Kafi' by Al-Kulayni by Dr. I. K. A. Howard   A short biography of Shaykh Al-Kulayni, and a description of his great work Al-Kafi, one of the four principal books of Shi'i hadith.


'Man la yahduruh al-Faqih' by Al-Saduq by Dr. I.K.A. Howard   Biography of the Shaykh al-Saduq, and a description of his book Man La Yahduruh al-Faqih, one of the four major books of Shi'i hadith.


'Tahdhib al-Ahkam' and 'Al-Istibsar' by Al-Tusi by Dr. I.K.A. Howard ` Biography of Shaykh al-Tusi, and descriptions of two of the four major works of Shi'i hadith.


Elegy (Marthiya) on Husayn by Lynda Clarke ` The place of marthiya in literary and religious tradition, with translations of some examples of elegies on Imam Husayn (a).


Excellences of the Imam Husayn in Sunni Hadith Tradition by M. Ayoub ` The life of Imam Husayn has acquired special significance in Muslim piety and has a universal significance in all of Muslim tradition.


Imam Hasan (a): The Myth of his Divorces by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi   -An explanation of the unjust accusations agaist the 2nd Imam (a), and the source and fallacy of these allegations.


Imam Husayn's concept of Religion and Leadership by S.H.M Jafri   `Meaning and purpose of religion, necessity of leadership, functions of the Imam, and a study of some of the events of Karbala.


Imams - Clear and Coherent Policy by S.J Hussain ` Coherent methods and goals of all the Imams, despite the apparent differences in the methods in which they carried out their policies.


Islam and the question of violence by Seyyed Hossein Nasr ` Definition of violence in Islam, its role in Islamic Law, and whether Islam condones violence.


Islam, the Qur'an and Arabic Literature by Elsayed M.H Omran` Relationship between Islam and Arabic, impact of Qur'an on the Arabic language, and the internalization of Arabic.


Karbala and Imam Husayn in Persian and Indo-Muslim literature by Annemarie Schimmel ` The importance of elegies on Imam Husayn as literary works, and an explanation of some of their major themes and imagery.


Kitab Al-Irshad by Al-Mufid by Dr. I.K.A. Howard ` A biography of the Shi'i scholar Shaykh al-Mufid, and a description of his book 'Kitab al-Irshad' which contains biographies of each of the 14 infallibles.


Martyrdom of Imam Husayn and the Muslim and Jewish Calendars by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi ` Is the commemoration of the tragedy of Karbala a bid'ah (innovation)? The command to observe the 10th of Muharram as a day of mourning in the Old Testament.


Reflections on Islam and Modern Life by Seyyed Hossein Nasr ` Islam and modern thought. Definition of modern. Comparison of traditional and modern sciences. Knowledge, modernism, role of man, evolution and society.


Religious Education of the Younger Generation by Zakir` The difficulty of religious education in the West and the modern world, and the role of Majlis-e-Aza (lectures for the remembrance of Imam Husayn and the Ahlul Bayt) as a forum of religious discussion.


Revelation and Salvation: Towards and Islamic View of History by Mahmoud A. Ayoub ` Revelation as a relationship of intense involvement of God in human history and of man in the divine challenge as God's viceregent (khalifa) in the earth.


Temporary Marriage in Islamic Law by Sachiko Murata ` The origin of this divergence between Sunni and Shi'i law on temporary marriage, and a description of the legal situation of mut'a in Shi'ism.


The Concept of Martyrdom in Islam by A. Ezzati ` The concept of martyrdom in light of the Islamic concept of Holy Struggle (Jihad) and the doctrine of enjoining right and discovering wrong.


The Fast of 'Ashura by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi ` Authenticity of traditions encouraging Muslims to fast on the 'Ashura, the 10th of Muharram.


The History of the Islamic Calendar in the Light of the Hijra by Hakim Muhammad Said ` The importance of Hijrah, the establishment of a calendar in Madina, the solar calendar.


The Illustrious Period of Imam Zayn al-'Abidin (a) by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi ` A biography of the life of the 4th Imam (a). Announcement of his Imamate, uniting the Muslim community, and teaching true Islam.


The Interior Life in Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr ` Function and duty of man, outward and inward dimensions of life, supplication of Khwaja Ansari, prayer, hajj, jihad and goals along the journey to God.


The Principle of Ijtihad in Islam by Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari` Brief biography of Ayatullah Mutahhari, definition, types, permissibility and history of Ijtihad, Akhbarism, and Taqlid.


The Prophet and Prophetic Tradition by Seyyed Hossein Nasr ` Prophethood in Islam, the role of Prophet Muhammad (s), characteristics and perfection of the Prophet.


The Scholarly Jihad of the Imams by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi`The period of the 5th and 6th Imams (a), the rise of the Abbasids, the prominence of the school of the Imam Ja'far as- Sadiq in the religious sciences, and its contributions to other branches of knowledge.


Why 'Islamic' Science? by Yahya Cooper` The identity of the 'Islamic sciences', philosophy, and modern science