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Training Skills or Changing Minds?

by Michaela Dedek & Frances Di Cocco

A presentation on active learning made at the 2005 National Conference for Conductive Education

Our philosophy of learning and how it occurs underpins what we do and the opportunities we provide classroom and at home. Our beliefs about children and their capabilities impacts upon the extent of their learning. We therefore need to address and sometimes challenge other's beliefs about the capabilities of students and children.

Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster

Following the disastrous earthquake and tidal waves across the Indian Ocean, there is an urgent need for safe water, sanitation systems, and food relief for the survivors. Please consider donating to this cause.

Al-Ghazali: Sufi-Philosopher?

by Ismail F Alatas

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali was one of the greatest Muslim theologian and thinker as well as a prolific writer. The complexity of his works has been noted and studied widely, which then resulted in the emergence of different views and opinions concerning his thoughts. Some adore and canonize him as the pillar of orthodoxy, while others attack and dismiss him as the annihilator of reason in Islam. Consequently, this essay is an examination of a number of al-Ghazali’s works in order to observe his position in regards to philosophy. The essay argues that al-Ghazali did not attack philosophy in general but only a certain tradition of philosophy. Moreover, it will try to demonstrate how in reality al-Ghazali was transforming philosophy from its original form into a more Islamic one.

Spirituality in Islamic Art and Design

by Issam Nabulsi

[This lecture was presented at the University of Melbourne in October, as part of the AsiaLink "Sense of Islam" series. It focuses on spirituality in contemporary Islamic architecture. Issam Nabulsi studied under Rasem Badran and worked with his firm in Amman, Jordan, before coming to Australia. He has his own architectural firm (Mimar Architects), involved in some residential work, but particularly in institutional architecture and as a consultancy to other projects.]

Rabi'a of Basra

by Rachel Woodlock

Name: Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya al-Qaysiyya
Born: Basra circa 95-99 AH/713-17 CE
Died: Basra circa 184 AH/801 CE
Little is known for sure about Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya al-Qaysiyya (known as Rabi'a of Basra), revered as one of the earliest and greatest Sufi mystic ascetics in Islam.

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