Dr. Humaira Ahmad

The Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization (JITC) fills a niche that was long left devoid of critical thought, especially that emanating from indigenous sources and scholarship. The aim, from the very initial stages, was to encourage, cultivate, nurture and eventually present scholarly endeavors to a global audience. While the vision itself was exemplary and the scope ambitious, it required a tremendous amount of work towards its ultimate realization. That we were able to achieve so much is solely because I had the privilege of the mentoring of the Late Dr. Hasan Sohaib Murad, our first patron and in fact, the force behind the initiation of the journal. It was his dream to launch and eventually develop a research journal that would be at par with reputed world-class journals and would serve as a platform and bridge for the exchange of ideas from a diverse array of thinkers and scholars. I, and anyone who has ever worked on the journal, remain indebted to his counsel and support.

The journey of the progress of the JITC since the publication of the first issue in 2011, is a chronicle of achieving one milestone after the other, one step at a time. From the inclusion of world-renowned thought leaders to the JITC Advisory Panel to inviting submissions from diverse streams, getting indexation in reputable databases, and finally, getting HEC recognition in Y category - all this has made the hard work and long hours worthwhile.

At times, we have faced questions whether it is still a good idea to keep the thought channels so diverse. Why not? Islamic Thought and Civilization spans all continents, represents a broad diaspora, and is the way forward towards rebuilding and adding to the intellectual heritage and contributions of the luminaries who preceded us and who are pioneers in their domains now. As researchers and educators, we have an enormous responsibility on our shoulders; how we set the intellectual directions today will shape the future of Islamic scholarship. Our choices must reflect pragmatism, reason, dialogue, critical thinking and integration of knowledge.

For my part, it would suffice to say that I feel both humbled and elevated as the Chief Editor of JITC; humbled because the depth of Islamic Thought and Civilization can perhaps, never be adequately represented in a few pages, and elevated because I have, at least contributed towards strengthening the intellectual foundations in this domain. The extent to which I have succeeded is attributable largely to the support and hard work of my small but dedicated team.

About the Chief Editor

Dr. Humaira Ahmad is an Associate Professor of Islamic thought work at the university of Management and Technology. Her Ph.D is from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. She can be reached at humaira.ahmad@umt.edu.pk