“I went to the West and saw Islam, but no Muslims;
I got back to the East and saw Muslims, but no Islam.”
Our mission is to stimulate peaceful reform in Muslim countries by encouraging effective institutions.
Islamicity Indices reflect fundamental Islamic teachings and offer the instrument and the moral compass for achieving this goal. Islamicity Indices provide a simple approach for Muslims to focus on the indisputable source of their religion—the Qur’an—and a continuous performance indicator of their rulers, governments and communities. Muslims can take ownership of their society, assess its successes and failures, embrace and support change and encourage their governments to develop and adopt more effective institutions and better policies.
Islamicity Indices also serve as an approach to explain Islam to the non-Muslim world and with a better understanding of Islam in both Muslim and non-Muslim communities peaceful reform and effective institutions will be more readily achieved.
For a brief video presentation of the Islamicity project, please click here.
We are four individuals acting in our private capacity. Our founding member is a PhD economist (Hossein Askari), another member is a finance specialist (Hossein Mohammadkhan), a third is a PhD in Islamic Economics/Finance (Liza Mydin), and a fourth is a web specialist (Mostafa Omidi).
We feel that soon after Prophet Mohammad’s death Islam came under the control of rulers and clerics. This has continued throughout history to the point where today we see clerics, rulers, politicians, terrorists, institutions, organizations and individuals espousing a religion that bears very little resemblance to the teachings of the Qur’an. In most Muslim countries, the people have little say about the governance of their country and they are prohibited from discussing and discovering their religion. Rulers and clerics have placed themselves as the only legitimate interpreters of Islam and routinely dismiss questions from Muslims as ill-informed and not worthy of discussion. Such a disconnect between the teachings of the Qur’an and its practice has emboldened radicals, opportunists and terrorists to fill the void and to preach a version of Islam that has perverted the religion, divided humanity, pitted Muslim against Muslim, Muslims against Christians, Muslims against Jews and is destroying the fellowship of humankind that is at the core of all religions of the Book. We address this disconnect between the teachings of the Qur’an and the practice of Islam in the Muslim World. Our approach is to establish a benchmark (a collection of rules), based on the Qur’an and the life of the Prophet Mohammad, which Muslims can use to assess the governance and policies of their countries to establish effective institutions.