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IOS Minaret Vol-1, No.1 (March 2007)
Vol. 8    Issue 2   01-15 June 2013

Launched in May 2006, the IOS Minaret is now set to enter its eighth year. These seven years have been momentous and highly gratifying for us. We have been able to constantly improve the quality of the website in respect of content, coverage of themes and subjects, style and readability, and visual effect. Our efforts have been greatly appreciated by our readers -- whose numbers are steadily expanding -- as well as scholars and research organizations from around the world. During the past seven years, the website has been accessed by over two million visitors. Currently, the Minaret has nearly 80,000 visitors every month. Now the website can be accessed on Facebook.

The themes, subjects and issues covered by the website encompass contemporary changes and trends in the Islamic world as well as the historical legacy of Islamic civilization. Thus the website not only critically focuses on themes and issues in the present-day context but also highlights the highly important and enduring contributions of Islamic civilization to wide-ranging areas, including science and medicine, technology, architecture, philosophy and literature, and arts and crafts. More importantly, this is done in the light of recent and current researches as well as exhibitions, museum events and art festivals.

The Minaret addresses themes and subjects pertaining to Islam and Muslims in a global, international and cross-cultural perspective. The website takes due cognizance of the enormous diversity that characterizes Muslim communities around the world. At the same time, it looks at this diversity through the prism of the fundamental unity in beliefs, moral values, rituals, institutional structures and cultural patterns that moulds the multiplicity of Muslim communities around the world into a trans-national, trans-ethnic, global ummah.

We are happy to announce that, beginning with the current issue, the website will occasionally publish articles and features in Arabic.

We are extremely thankful to our readers and well-wishers for their valued support in carrying on with this labour of love. Kindly introduce the Minaret to your friends and acquaintances and help us in expanding the website’s readership. We also solicit the cooperation of writers and contributors.

The IOS Minaret Team

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