Timeless and judicious, originally written in Arabic, it examines the role Islam played in history and its impact on human progress and the loss that humanity suffered by its decline. It counters the prevailing attitude that Islam is a spent force, that it has outlived its usefulness. The author persuasively argues for the eternal reality of Islam and that it is a programme of life which is always dynamic and can never grow obsolete. This thought-provoking tour de force throws new light on the motives, opportunities and impact of the Islamic and other civilisations, on the material welfare and spiritual progress of humanity.
About the author:
Sayyed Abul Hasan 'Ali Nadwi (1914 - 1999) was one of the leading Muslim scholars of our time. He hailed from a family which has produced such illustrious figures as Sayyed Ahmad Shahid (1786-1831). He was the Rector of Nadwatul 'Ulama, Lucknow; Chairman, Managing Committee, Darul Musannifin (Shibli Academy); Azamgarh, India, Member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, Damascus, and the Higher Council of the Islamic Universities, Rabat and of the Academy of Arabic Language, Oman. He was a Founder Member of the Constituent Council of the Muslim World League, Makkah and Chairman of the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies, Oxford UK. He received the King Faisal Award and numerous other awards from national and international bodies for his services to the cause of Islam. He was a powerful, eloquent writer and orator, both in Urdu and Arabic. His works in both these languages are numerous; many have been translated into English: among them are Islam and the World; Muslims: Beliefs, Customs and Traditions; Stories of the Prophets; Muhammad the Last Prophet, Shaikh ul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah (Taymiyyah) Life and Achievements, Studying the Glorious Qur'an; Stories from Islamic History; A Starlight View of Islam's Past and The Minaret Speaks.