IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies https://journals.iium.edu.my/irkh/index.php/ijrcs <div style="text-align: justify;"> <p><em>IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies (IJRCS)</em> is a peer-reviewed online scholarly journal in English, published biannually in June and December by the Kulliyah (Faculty) of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Aims and Scope</strong>: IJRCS offers an international platform for awakening the civilisational potential of the Islamic heritage. The aim and scope of the Journal covers the wide-ranging themes and issues that deal with religion and civilisational studies, and embraces both Islamic and conventional approaches. It accommodates the diverse approaches within civilisational studies including revitalising synergies between Islamic and other civilisations, renewal of Muslim societies, the conceptual and societal transformation of Muslims and other societies, and the prospects of dialogue and peaceful co-existence of world civilisations. A comparative study of religion and civilisational studies are given high consideration.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Abstracting and Indexing</strong>: IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies is currently abstracted and indexed in <strong>MyCite</strong> (Malaysian Citation Centre).</p> <p> </p> <p>IJRCS invites scholarly contributions of research articles, viewpoints and book reviews mainly holistic in nature from Malaysian and international academicians and Postgraduate students.</p> </div> IIUM Press en-US IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies Editorial https://journals.iium.edu.my/irkh/index.php/ijrcs/article/view/177 ELMIRA AKHMETOVA Copyright (c) 2020 IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies 2020-12-14 2020-12-14 3 2 Key Islamic Political Thinkers https://journals.iium.edu.my/irkh/index.php/ijrcs/article/view/176 Makmor Tumin Copyright (c) 2020 IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies 2020-12-14 2020-12-14 3 2 206 211 Human Value in Islamic Thought https://journals.iium.edu.my/irkh/index.php/ijrcs/article/view/161 <p>This paper analyses the value of a human being from an Islamic viewpoint. From the perspective of Islamic thought, a human being is characterised as an intelligent being or creature. As a natural result of this characterisation, a human being has the capability of transforming the subject of his knowledge into action. In this respect, the will to know and the tendency to do is the most basic need and, therefore, the right of all human beings. The worldly life is a field of values through which Man will win his afterlife. In this field of values, we encounter the freedom of choice, which is one of the basic requirements of human freedom and a moral existence. The world is also an area of gains in a way. This article attempts to determine the criteria of human worth and value in Islamic thought. Accordingly, it explains the awareness of differences that lead to the realisation of God’s existence. </p> selim saruhan Copyright (c) 2020 IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies 2020-12-14 2020-12-14 3 2 123 138 The Life and Political Role of Kurdish Women in the Ottoman Empire https://journals.iium.edu.my/irkh/index.php/ijrcs/article/view/154 <p>Kurdish women have always played a major role in communal and political activities, notably during the Ayyubid dynasty. In the Ottoman era, many Kurdish women played a great role in politics and even ruled in some places. However, populist feminist narratives have been ignorant of the strident role played by Kurdish women during the Golden age of Islam in Kurdistan, including believing Orientalist stereotypes that they had no rights and could not go outside freely. This article shows the dynamic role of Kurdish women in the Ottoman era, particularly their contributions in politics, using qualitative historical and textual analysis, with an exploratory qualitative research design, depending on both the primary and secondary sources. This article also presents a more authentic understanding of Kurdish women’s lives in their communities, particularly their highly influential role in dynastic politics and their symbiotic careerism with their husbands and sons.</p> Bzhar Ahmed Abdulwahed Jalal Nori Wahed Copyright (c) 2020 IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies 2020-12-14 2020-12-14 3 2 139 153 Muslim Dynamics in America: Challenges and Opportunities https://journals.iium.edu.my/irkh/index.php/ijrcs/article/view/163 <p>American Muslims are faced with immense challenges, yet there are also opportunities within these challenges that have resulted in the emergence of various Muslim intellectual organisations in the United States of America. This paper aims to describe and analyse the challenges and opportunities for Muslims in America and the role of American Muslim intellectual organisations in both domestic and global issues. The result shows that Muslims in the United States (US) still need to bear the issue of Islamophobia with its related physical and psychological threats. American Muslims will also need to face the ideological and intellectual challenges to revitalise Islamic teachings so that Islam can be properly understood by the American society. The influence of Islamophobia in US government policy and foreign policy are enormous, especially since it relates to counterterrorism policy. However, opportunities for American Muslims to gain higher education and careers in various fields remain wide open. The contribution of Muslim intellectual organisations to the American society and global society has always been present and cannot be neglected. Concerning the future, intellectual Muslims in the US who currently tend to unite and work together seem to be intensifying their research and education programmes as well as consolidating various Muslim communities in the US.</p> Dinar Kania Ariesa Ulfa Copyright (c) 2020 IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies 2020-12-14 2020-12-14 3 2 154 180 A Study Of Dosteo Bisaka’s Contribution To The “Faith Of Unity” Religious Movement In Western Uganda https://journals.iium.edu.my/irkh/index.php/ijrcs/article/view/156 <p>This study attempts to discuss the emergence of a new religious movement in Uganda called Faith of Unity (FoU). The goal of this paper is to explore why and how FoU emerged and became a dominant religion in Uganda. This study is crucial because it reveals the various approaches of Dosteo Bisaka (the founder of FoU) and his contributions to FoU. It highlights the vision of FoU and identifies the factors that contributed to forming FoU as one of the dominant religious movements in Uganda. The research follows both descriptive and analytical approaches while addressing the topic. It finds FoU to be a suitable example of a new religion in the African contour - albeit having many similarities with Christianity - that emerged as a response to the destitution caused by colonialism in African societies. Last but not least, this paper acknowledges various challenges in studying FoU. </p> Saud Mohammad Ismail Kadala Murutha Copyright (c) 2020 IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies 2020-12-14 2020-12-14 3 2 181 205