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Nietzsche and Islam (Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies) Reprint Edition

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'Jackson's book is suggestive, scholarly and eminently readable. It makes a significant contribution to the current ideological debate and deserves a careful analysis by the Muslim reader.' 
– S. Parvez Manzoor, Salaam Books, 2007

'Nietzsche and Islam is an ambitious and wide-ranging attempt to rethink Islamic identity with the tools of secular modernity's most radical thinker. It provides a valuable contribution to cross-cultural discussions regarding religiosity, secularization, pluralism, and human flourishing. ... Hopefully, this study will spur more such cross-cultural dialogues.'
– Peter S. Groff, Bucknell University, Philosophy East & West

About the Author

Dr Roy Ahmad Jackson is a lecturer, writer and freelance researcher in Philosophy and Religion. He is the author of a number of books on such topics as Plato, Nietzsche and the Philosophy of Religion. His book ‘Fifty Key Figures in Islam’ was published by Routledge in June 2006.

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  • Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (April 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041561323X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415613231
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In which Nietzsche becomes a good liberal democrat and Muhummad a...sharp negotiator. The title of this book intrigued me, the great atheist leashed with the great prophet seemed a great theme, but unfortunately both figures are just grist for professor Jackson to diminish them so they fit into his limp secular "solution" to present day conflicts between the West and Islam. Although Jackson claims to be applying an historical lens to Islam, the book is shot through with ahistorical claims, such as that the liberal definitions of justice, equality and human rights were inherent in the original vision of the Prophet (how convenient). Two stars for providing directions to what might be interesting contemporary writing from the Muslim world, but for not much else. I'll give professor Jackson a clue as to just how off his ideas are: Plato's "Laws" were the standard introduction in medieval Muslim scholarship to prophecy, that is, revelation was seen as intimately tied to legislation and state craft.
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the book is largely made up of irrelevant facts.
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In the light of current events, particularly the `post September 11th' debates with much focus on aspects of the `clash of civilisation' thesis, the issue of Islamic identity is a crucial one. Whilst Friedrich Nietzsche was addressing an audience of a different culture and age, his own originality, creativity, psychological, philological and historical insights allows for a fresh and enlightening understanding of Islam within the context of our modern era.

In this book, Roy Jackson sets out to determine:

Why did Nietzsche feel inclined to be so generous towards the Islamic tradition yet so critical of Western Christianity?

How important was religion for Nietzsche's views on such matters as moral and political philosophy and how does this help us to understand the Islamic response to modernity?

How does Nietzsche's distinctive outlook and methodology help us to understand such key Islamic paradigms as the Qur'an, the Prophet, and the `Rightly-Guided' Caliphs?

Nietzsche and Islam provides an original and fresh insight into Nietzsche's views on religion and shows that his philosophy can make an important contribution to what is considered to be Islam's key paradigms. As such it will be of interest to a diverse readership and will provide useful material for researchers when thinking about religion, Islam and the future.
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