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Myth and Reality in the Contemporary Islamist Movement Paperback – April 20, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0745322469 ISBN-10: 0745322468

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (April 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745322468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745322469
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 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: #3,047,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fouad Zakariyya is a former professor of philosophy at Cairo University, and the present work was written in the wake of the Iranian revolution in 1979, and the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981. Its subject matter is the confrontation between Islamism and secularism in the Muslim world. Professor Zakariyya concludes: 'Contrary to the claims of its critics, secularism is not the product of a peculiar society in a specific phase of its evolution, but is a necessary requirement for any society threatened by the oppression of tyrannical and authoritarian modes of thinking, in which millions of people are subjected to a systematic campaign to rob them of their ability to question, criticise, and think about the future. -- David Hall, New Humanist

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Fouad Zakariyya is a former professor of Philosophy at Cairo University and a well-known Egyptian philosopher and a leading Arab intellectual.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rizal Halim on July 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The author has drawn carefully the complex issue of religion and state, secularism, and modernity. These entire big topics, although have been discussed by scholars and ulama in the Arab and Muslim since the beginning of the decolonization process more than 40 years ago, are still not easy to be anchored in Muslim society. Fouad Zakariyya, the modern Arab secularist, is taking debatable steps by saying that Arab thinkers should revive the old paths of Mu'tazilites, Ibn Rushd, or al-Fârâbî, because in fact, all Arab and Muslim thinkers are the direct product of Western academia, no matter where they are residing. However, Zakariyya is right when he says that the value of freedom, justice, and equality is not well expressed in the governments of the Arab world, especially in Gulf States. Sadly, Shari'ah is often used as a last attempt to preserve their hegemonic power. Islam, in his eyes, is corrupted by both the revivalists and the official Muslim rulers.

Students who are interested in the contemporary Arab thoughts should have read this book.
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