This latest issue of IAIS Malaysias flagship journal, Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR), presents the reader with five new substantive articles, all with actionable policy recommendations, in addition to a number of viewpoints, event reports, and book reviews. It is with some sadness that we also include the obituaries of three prominent Muslim scholars. As always, I would like to congratulate our expert contributors for their success in crafting a unique body of work, characterised by honest scholarship, depth of learning and originality of thought.
Our lead article, contributed by Muhammad Khalid Masud of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, is entitled Religion and State are Twin Brothers: Classical Muslim Political Theory. A necessary and important critique of Islamic fundamentalisms tendency to collapse the boundaries between religion and politics, this article interrogates classical Muslim political theory to establish that Islam has traditionally positioned the political and the religious as interconnected yet entirely separate entities (i.e. as twin brothers). Although keen to promote Islamic norms, Muslim rulers have historically favoured political pragmatism, aware that the realities of governance often create a need to incorporate much wider considerations into decision making than just the religious.