The Ummatics Project

Ummatics is a research institute that brings together scholars, experts, and thought leaders to facilitate critical conversations and quality knowledge production on ummatic thought and practice. The mission of Ummatics is to empower Muslims everywhere to envision bold solutions for the umma. Its vision is to inspire a unified Islamic civilization for the benefit of Muslims and humanity at large. 

 

By ummatic, we mean that which relates to the welfare of the umma of Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings and upon all the prophets. Put differently, ummatic is the collective site of all Muslims qua Muslims, and hence, is the name of discourse or action pertaining to the flourishing of Islam as a civilization. This requires an abiding concern with comprehensive Muslim unity and unification on terms revealed by Allah Most High.

 

Committed to the highest standards of Islamic scholarship as well as contemporary social and human sciences, the Ummatics Institute aims to provide a platform for Muslim ulama, academics, visionaries, and sociopolitical movements as well as non-Muslim scholars and interlocutors to offer a path toward the reintegration of Muslim regions into a prosperous and stable civilization. Particularly in the Muslim world, the Ummatics Institute bridges the gap between the madrasa, the mosque, the university, the public sphere, and policy think tanks. We believe that apart from a religious and moral imperative, the quest for comprehensive unity among Muslim societies that respects diversity is the prerequisite for confident spiritual renewal, intellectual reform, and economic prosperity. In its best moments, the Islamic caliphates of the past were uncompromisingly Islamic yet also tolerant, diverse, and open to the vastness of human experience and knowledge. The rapidly evolving global order and the challenges threatening humanity present unique opportunities and beckon us to the need and possibility of this bold vision.

 

Ummatics’ Core Values:

 

  • Islam: Our motivation and methods for this project are grounded in the Quran, Sunnah and mainstream Islamic tradition.
  • Intellectual Rigor and Openness (diqqa wa ‘anfitah fikri): We believe that the best ideas are the fruit of exacting/thorough scholarship that is open to learning/benefit from all sides/sources.   
  • Bold Thinking (tafkir jar’i): We believe that challenging the status quo requires courageous thinking.
  • Collaboration (ta’awun): We believe that a Muslim unity project requires multiple, mutually reinforcing efforts in various domains. 
  • Practicality (nataij amaliyya): We believe that real problems require concrete solutions that take the world into consideration as it is.
  • Transparency (shafafiya): We believe in openness and accountability in all aspects of our work.