The Resurgence of Islamic Thought: The Reformist Approach of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan




Education, Integration, Peace, Science, Spirituality


Throughout history, there has been constant change and development within societies, social events, phenomena, and social organizations. One of the progressions and advancements in the West is modernization, which has affected almost the whole world and has emerged as a unique innovation in all expanses of life, such as art, science, philosophy, religion, and technology. The current influence of the relationship between the West and Islam and the resulting change in Islam is a major theme in modern history. As human values ​​become simple commodities, the spirit of education declines. While modernization has many implications, none of these consequences are obvious as it affects every aspect of human existence, including education. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, a prominent 20th and 21st-century reformer with international inspiration, remarkably in the United States, and the Indian subcontinent, had an assortment of thoughts on this subject. The practice of peace and spiritual education has always been a never-ending endeavour. Keeping up with the latest developments is always a struggle for Islamic spirituality. Also, the present age, which is the modern age of information technology, always collides with Islamic thought. Wahiduddin Khan endeavoured and emphasized reformulating Islamic education and the notion of western. He believes that Islamic education requires a paradigm shift with modern ideas and values. Muslim academicians all over the world have Maulana as an inspiration, with his interpretation of Islam fitting the contemporary scientific environment. He encouraged Muslim academicians to read Islamic scriptures from a modern perspective. Despite Islamic history and western traditions, he was able to critically examine both to create a new approach to dealing with the current issues of Muslims. So, in this paper, an analytical study has been made to revisit the resurgence of Islamic thought and to find out the reformist approaches of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan in the contemporary Muslim World.


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Author Biography

Khalid Hussain Mir, Department of Islamic Studies, BGSB, University, J&K (India)-185234

Dr. Khalid Hussain is a Senior Researcher, Writer, Author, Translator, and Columnist in Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Khalid perused his Ph.D. from the Department of Islamic Studies, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, India on the theme "Muslim Modernist Thought with Special Reference to Dr. Fazlur Rahman".

He has co-authored and authored a number of books like Islamic Studies: A Reference Book of Arab Culture & Islamic Studies, & Islam in the Modern World [Thinkers, Trends & Movements]. His upcoming books are: Rethinking Islam: The Modernist Approach of Dr. Fazlur Rahman, The Affection of Kinship of Muhammad [Pbuh] (Translation), Rediscovering Fazlur Rahman (02 Vols.), Pearls of Islamic Studies: A Concise Book on History of Islam, and The Indiscovery of Muhammadian Conspiracy (Translation). Many of his research articles and papers have been published in internationally reputed News Papers, Magazines, and Journals. He has presented his research papers at many National and International Seminars and Conferences. Apart from this, he is working as a reviewer of a number of National and International Journals like the International Journal of Creative Research Thoughts (IJCRT), International Journal of Education, Culture and Society (IJECS), Islamic Thought and Civilization Journal, and a member of the editorial board of Middle East Journal of Islamic Studies and Culture (Middle East J Islam Stud Cult), Kuwait.

Dr. Khalid was granted the SAS Young Research Fellow Membership (SYRFM) by Scholars Academic and Scientific Society (SAS Society) in June 2021. He was also awarded the Best Researchers Award 2022 by FoxClues India Prime.

Apart from that, he does research in Public Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights, and Peace Education. His current project is 'Integration of Knowledge: A way forward for Muslim Institutions'.


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How to Cite

Khalid Hussain Mir (2023) “The Resurgence of Islamic Thought: The Reformist Approach of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan”, al-Afkar, Journal For Islamic Studies, 6(2), pp. 12–23. doi: 10.31943/afkarjournal.v6i2.475.