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Islam, what actually is it? How does one even begin to define an ideology that has existed for almost one and a half millennium and spans billions of people across all corners of the world, especially when said ideology rejects the idea of any single person having absolute authority on its interpretation.

Is Islam what its adherents practice, or what its critics allege it to be? In which case which sub-categories from these overarching groups has the "correct" interpretation? Is it what the religious orthodoxy claims or is it what, in our contemporary times, the liberal class has come to interpret as? Has Islam been defined absolutely and explicitly a thousand years ago, with only a few minor issues left out or had the classical scholars interpreted Islam according to their own environment and limited reasoning and made essential mistakes in judging the perpetuity of some prophetic actions? Is it the conservatives who are correct in their view of Islam being a literal all-encompassing step-wise manual for all human beings to follow or is it the modern liberalistic view that religion is whatever its believers make it to be? Or perhaps, the reality is somewhere in the middle?

While it may very well be true that Muslims have strong consensus regarding the fundamental doctrines of their faith, simultaneously and on a similar scale, extensive difference of opinion also exits when it comes to most, if not all, issues related to lesser theological or practical everyday matters.

The matter becomes especially muddled considering the fact, if conservatism is to be generally defined as the oldest opinions in a society then, the one Islamic school of thought which has been given the mantle of being defined as the most liberal in our modern times, happens to be simultaneously the most conservative too. This in turn has the odd effect of confusing the entire debate of religious conservatism vs. liberalism.

Regarding these different opinions, it can be observed that there are, and have been for some time now, a number of platforms on the internet, through which various people, especially Muslims, have voiced their interpretations and the evidences or reasoning which supported their particular conclusions. Due to a number of factors, some got it "right" (if there can be such a thing as consensus on a "right" understanding), some made mistakes, some used faulty information or fallacious reasoning while others were proven to have plain malicious intentions.

Individuals interested in writing about religion were also found to follow a common cycle. Authors, for one reason or another are, in the beginning, driven to present their interpretations; they write for some time, create blogs or websites, enthusiastically answer critics and defend their ideas through social platforms. This goes on for some time, but their motivations gradually begin to wane and they start to lose interest. In the face of a perpetual tide of the same old criticisms and fallacious arguments they eventually, end up completely giving up. A lot of these cases mean a complete wastage of hard work for some when their writings eventually go offline.

The objective of islamWiki is to serve as a compilation of such knowledge, arguments, opinions and interpretations concerned with Islam so as to provide readers with a simplified, efficient and holistic resource for their research into the religion.