Illuminatio #5
Year III, Spring MMXXII; Featured articles


In this fifth issue, academician Akšamija analyses and discusses „some parts of the history of what is declared or titled as „Islamic art" in the critical framework of both Occidental-Westernized and some Muslim theoretical views".

QADAR/ṢINĀ´AT – characterization of some essential Occidentalwesternized views on traditional Islamic creative expression

The intention of this analysis is to continue the discussion (from the previous issuees) of some parts of the history of what is declared or titled „Islamic art”, within the critical and theoretical framework of both Occidental- Western and (some) Muslim perspectives.

On Natural Faith (AL-IMAN) and Formal Religion (AL-DIN)

This article is focused on the interplay of natural faith (al-īmān), formal or artificial religion (al-dīn), and the art of politics (fannu-l-siyāsah) in Islam. Trust in God is primordial faith (al-īmān), which is shared by all human beings in the conception of their creation by God who breathes...

Traces of Legal Naturalism in the Language Method of Interpreting Shari'a Law by Zaynuddin Bin Ibrahim Ibn Nujaym

Zaynuddīn bin Ibrāhīm, known as Ibn Nujaym (1520-1563) is one of the most prolific authors of the Hanafi Madhhab from the period of the early Ottoman rule. In his time, he was one of the lecturers at the famous Al-Azhar. He became famous for his work Al-Ashbāh wa an-Nẓāir in the area of legal...

Al-Jahiliyyah and Anti-intellectualism of the Modern World

The authors analyze the question of the relationship to the concept of anti-intellectualism in contemporary societies, searching for its connection with the traditional concept of al-jāhiliyyah within the Muslim tradition.

Water and Man: “Good Waters” Near Foča

The 'DOBRE VODE' ('GOOD WATERS') complex is located in the municipality of Foca (Geographical coordinates: 43º35'12.91''N, 18º39'34.56''E, elevation: 1043). It is about 13 km from Foča, about 28 km from Goražde, and about 40 km from Sarajevo (by air). The nearest villages to this locality are...

There will be no Peace for Israel without Freedom for the Palestinians – and There will be no Freedom for the Palestinians without Peace for Israel

While Sarajevo, known as the European Jerusalem, is still coping with the unresolved consequences of war 25 years ago, conflict keeps on raging in Jerusalem of the Holy Land, Al-Quds in Arabic. The recent escalation ignited at the end of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Bosnia and Herzegovina at Crossroads - New Political Paradigm or Agony of Ethno-National Exclusivity

European collective security has been fundamentally shaken by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In this context, Bosnia and Herzegovina is recognized as one of the most vulnerable points of the European security framework. This paper analyses the position of BiH in the wider context of regional...

To Pure Faith in the Ways of Freedom and Common Sense

Book review: Mustafa Cerić, A Critique of Pure Faith, Sarajevo, Center for Dialogue – Wesatiyya, 2021, 200 pages.