WikiIslam:Core Principles

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Core Principles are the primary policies by which WikiIslam operates and from which other policies and guidelines are derived.

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Content should be related to the critique or understanding of Islam
WikiIslam is a non-partisan website where the goal is to become an indispensable resource for all things related to the critique or understanding of Islam. All content should be focused purely on Islam and how it is practiced, not on its promotion or issues that are more sociopolitical in nature (such as immigration, multiculturalism, or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict).
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Content should be based on fully referenced facts and mainstream Islamic sources
Any analysis of Islam should be based on its own mainstream rules and religious sources, meaning articles should never endorse (but may simply document or challenge) fringe theories unsupported by the majority of evidence. There should be no personal opinions or abstract deductions, and every statement of fact must be supported by reliable, published sources.
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Content should be written in a professional and scholarly manner
One does not have to be in a profession or a scholar to write in a professional and scholarly manner. This can be achieved by simply avoiding the use of certain things, such as repeated information and wordiness; contracted forms; first or second person perspectives; and extremist, sensationalist, sarcastic or emotional language.
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Content should be tailored to accommodate a universal audience
Articles should never show a preference or provide undue attention to certain countries or demographics. Nor should editors ever assume that the target-audience only belongs to a certain country or demographic. This is especially important when the issue being discussed applies equally to many or all countries and demographics.
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Content should remain neutral towards other religions, world-views and political positions
References to other religions, world-views, political positions and those who adhere to them should be avoided all together. If for some reason it becomes a necessity, the reference should remain absolutely neutral, neither promoting or criticizing them. That said, any analysis of Islam should be grounded in science (e.g. Evolution is accepted as a scientific fact).

Community

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Treat others with respect and equality
Every individual, no matter their gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, religious beliefs or political views are equals and should be treated as such. Editors should do their best to be polite, helpful and friendly towards everyone they interact with. If a personal opinion or belief is likely to offended another editor, then it does not belong here and should not be expressed.
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Avoid judging others and forgive mistakes
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Be open to new ideas and constructive criticism
Editors should evaluate ideas on their own merit and not on whether they are existing or new ideas. Likewise, editors should be open to the constructive criticism of these same ideas. Discussion and compromise may result in a "bad" idea evolving into a good one, or it may not. The important thing is to evaluate all possibilities before coming to a final conclusion.
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Stay calm and approach things rationally at all times
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When things get heated, take a break and refocus/regroup

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Contact Information

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