The Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT) is now the main institution through which some of Dr Kalim Siddiqui’s associates are continuing his work since his death. It was established in 1998, when it became clear that the Muslim Institute was in terminal decline, and some members decided that it was more important to continue the work than to engage in institutional politics.
It is led by Zafar Bangash, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Muslim Institute as a member of the Preparatory Committee in the early 1970s, and as editor of Crescent International, was one of Dr Kalim’s closest associates throughout the rest of his life. He was with Dr Kalim in South Africa when he died there in 1996.
Others involved in the ICIT include Imam Muhammad al-Asi of Washington DC, Perwez Shafi of Karachi, Pakistan, Afeef Khan, and Dr Kalim’s son, Iqbal Siddiqui.
The ICIT’s main work involved publications. It maintains the Crescent International newsmagazine, and has published posthumous editions of Dr Kalim’s writings, edited by Zafar Bangash, as well as other papers, by Zafar Bangash and other writers. It is also currently publishing a major tafseer of the Qur’an by Imam Muhammad al-Asi, The Ascendent Qur’an.