Volume 4, No 2; Year IV; Autumn MMXXIII

Dear readers,

The intention of our/your magazine "Illuminatio/Lighthouse/Almanar" is to provide you with at least a little spiritual air in today's crisis of meaning and humanism so that you may feel happy and satisfied. In this eighth issue, Academician Akšamija takes us/you anew to his đulistan – rose garden, where we are offered a unique fragrance for the soul, where our mind opens with the desire through Islamic al-ṣināʿah – art in knowing the smallest details– unity and diversity of aestheticized action/ṣināʿat of recognitive omen (ornamental forms). If you were to look for an example of the spiritualization of humanism, following the previous elaboration on today's crisis of humanism, then you would surely find it in a series of Akšamija's artistic gardens, which refresh the soul and heart and in which the idea of spirituality (al-rūḥiyyat) permeates in a subtle way, as an unambiguous value with existentialism (al-wujūdiyyyat). Therefore, enter Akšamija’s đulistan, rest your soul with the scent of roses and choose the best one, which will arouse in you a sense of humanity.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.52510/sia.v4i2.64 UDK: 28:[7.01:1.111.852
Original scientific paper

The paper analyzes the relationship between Occidental-Westernized understanding of art and a possible status of art within an integrated discourse – al-thawābit al-islāmiyyah, as well as the aesthetic-metaphysical experience of the traditional Islamic systematization of knowledge – ṣināʿat al-kitābah, and the action of making a visual form beautiful – ṣināʿat al-taṣwīr. Particular attention attention is attached to the concept of qadar/ṣināʿat, where it is possible to distinguish between homo islamicus’s ornamental activity of recognitive type and the cognitive productive-reflective representation of collaborative disposition.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.52510/sia.v4i2.62 UDK: 28-1
Original scientific paper

This article tries to make up a lack of the recognition of the theologian of the Ḥanafī tradition from Samarqand in Transoxiana Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī’s philosophical contribution to the Muslim theology in regard to the theory of divine properties. Viewing al-Māturīdī as an early trope theorist, the author has dug into al-Māturīdī’s ontology, which argues to the effect that the substances are not just bundles of qualities but of particular property instances, or tropes.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.52510/sia.v4i2.63 UDK: 28-184.3:929 Smajlovic A. 821.411.21.09
Professional paper

This work is dedicated to the character and work of Dr Ahmed Smajlović with a focus on his attitude towards Orientalism. The intention is to examine an extent of influence of Orientalism on Arab thought and literature according to dr Smajlović.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.52510/sia.v4i2.66 UDK: 929 Drury A. 28-428.5
Other uncategorized works

This article analyses the biography of Bajram Murati (1930-2013), an Albanian refugee to New Zealand, and the contentions over symbolic spaces and meaning within the New Zealand Muslim community over the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. At the centre of the analysis stand the ongoing negotiations between Murati, as director-general of the New Zealand Council of the World Muslim Congress, and other Muslim community representatives over leadership.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.52510/sia.v4i2.65 UDK: 28:008 008:28
Other uncategorized works

This paper tries to penetrate into the merits of Islamic civilization in promoting the progress of humanity and the causes of the decline and withdrawal of Islamic civilization from the global cultural and political scene. The basic thought is that neither the meek nor aggressive civilization has ever ruled the world, but the world has always been ruled by cooperative civilizations, of which the Islamic civilization can serve as a proven historical example of civilizational cooperation.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.52510/sia.v4i2.67 UDK: 28-3 28-428.5
Essay

In this paper, we tried to show the basic characteristics of the Islamic teaching about the "perfect man", which reached its culmination in Islamic spirituality, i.e., taṣawwuf. The Islamic or taṣawwuf teaching of the Perfect Man cannot possibly be linked to a Christian or Buddhist notion of man, which is anthropomorphic. The most perfect man is always a man and a servant of Allah.

DOI: 10.1017/9781108751643
Cambridge University Press, 2020. 306 pages

Ahmet Davutoglu's book comes at a time of another geopolitical upheaval, this time on the European continent, where conventional war was unimaginable, until yesterday.

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