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Islam and Modernity: Muslim Intellectuals Respond [Paperback]

John Cooper , Ronald Nettler , Mohamad Mahmoud
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June 3, 2000 1860645313 978-1860645310
This book brings together the ideas of a number of contemporary modernist and liberal Muslim thinkers, exposing an important intellectual current in Islamic thought which will be new to many Western readers. Responding to the challenges brought by colonialism and modernization, the contributors propose new conceptions and interpretations of Islam consonant with the age. Although their specific concerns and emphases vary, they all reconsider the relation between religion and politics and the incorporation of modern Western ideas.

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No student can overlook or ignore these contributions, in fact, students have a lot to gain from them...
-Arab Studies Journal

About the Author

John Cooper taught at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Cambridge University. Ronald Nettler and Mohamad Mahmoud both teach at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris (June 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860645313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860645310
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,665,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The other Face of Islam October 3, 2002
The cataclysmic events both inside and outside the Muslim world since 9/11 have caused some serious collateral damage. Inter-religious dialogue has suffered a severe setback as a result of the increased antagonism between Muslims and non-Muslims. Especially progressive Muslim thinkers are now in an even less enviable position than before. In their attempts to find ouvertures these potential bridge-builders between modern western thought and Islamic discourse are often vilified by less open-minded fellow Muslims. In today�s climate poisoned with suspicion, these intellectuals face a real danger of being stonewalled or considered mere apologists in the West as well.
The only way out of this deadlock of mistrust is to take note of the views and ideas of these often original thinkers. "Islam and Modernity: Muslim Intellectuals Respond" is a volume of essays in which some innovative Muslim thinkers are either presented and interpreted by Islamic studies specialists or given opportunity to speak for themselves.
After an introduction by Derek Hopwood, sketching the intellectual climate in which the debate on cultural heritage and response to outside influences is grounded in the world of Islam, followed by an essay on modernist influences on 19th century Urdu literature, John Cooper analyzes the contributions of Iran�s controversial philosopher of science, �Abd al-Karim Soroush, to the debate on the �Islamization of knowledge�. A pharmacologist by training, Soroush also engages in penetrating studies of traditionalism and Islamic philosophy. Although he was very much involved in the educational reforms taking place in the wake of Iran�s Islamic revolution, Soroush has nevertheless been able to retain an independent intellectual stand.
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