Illuminatio #6
Year III, Autumn MMXXII; Featured articles


In this issue, academician Mehmed Akšamija continues his epoch-making story about the horizons of the spirit of “art” with a review of the immanent and transcendental dimensions of “art in Islam” through the figure and work of Homo Islamicus.

QADAR/ṢINĀ´AT – coccidental deconstruction and authentication of the spirit of homo islamicus’s initiation

The intention of this analysis is to continue the discussion 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.

MUNARA – manara, ma'dhana

Architecture of minaret belongs to the cultural history of pre-Islamic art. The vertical observed in Islam is a semiologically transcedentally metaphoric sign of the téhnē of religious architecture, a gnomon*2 – a phenomenonconfigural zodiak chronometer. The phenomenon of fizis-shape is a...

On the Phenomenon of Populism and Extremism in the Balkans

This paper is based on my personal experience of war and peace in Bosnia. The basic notion is that it is easier to start a war than to stop it.

Holy War and History

This article traces the idea of a binary between one religious truth and another religious falsehood. The cycle of true versus false religion began with the birth of biblical monotheism. While monotheism of Christianity was neither the first nor the last to fall into this typology, the author...

Rashīd Riḍā Legacy

This article is a comparative portrayal of three main figures of Islam in modern times, namely Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī, Muḥammad ‘Abduh and Rashīd Riḍā with a particular focus on Shykh Rashīd Riḍā’s legacy of a mixture of an Islamic reform with Islamic tradition (Salafism). Jamāl al-Dīn al-Afghānī...

A Global Fatwā Authority - Framework and Prospects

The menace of extremism and terrorism over the past years has been largely aided through a creation of the chaos of fatwā (legal and moral norm in Islam) by extremists. This is an impudent violation of the venerable traditional institution of fatwā in Islam.

Points of Tension in the Understanding of the Concept of Human Rights

Book review: Ajla Čustović, Islam and Human Rights Zagreb, Ljevak, 2022, p. 343.