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The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism Hardcover – January 4, 2001


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195139917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195139914
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reasserts Islam's potential as a source of tolerance and pluralism. One can only hope that this wok is translated into Arabic and widely read by Muslims."Middleeast Journal


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Abdulaziz Sachedina is at Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CEW on September 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Professor Sachedina is my professor at the University of Virginia, and I can honestly say he has a sincere and honest belief in both the ability of Islam to incorporate democracy and the essential nature of human dignity--both of which are important for mutual respect and acknowledgment of the contributions Islam and pluralism can make to the world today. This book is accessible and well planned and thought out, and a must read for anyone who wants a picture of Islam from a deeply religious and pious man, but who is not an exclusivist.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kashif Hasnie on October 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The teachings in the Qur'an that Sachedina explains in The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism are essential in establishing the basis for mutually respectful and democratic relationships among Muslims, and between Muslims and the non-Muslim world. Democratic pluralism thrives on the ability of citizens to value each other and respect each other's dignity and human rights. In terms religious Muslims, Christians, and Jews can understand, democratic pluralism succeeds where citizens accept that the individual is created in the image of God and that all religions share membership in a loving relationship with GodI believe that "The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism" can help Muslims reclaim their religion and set a path for themselves for the rest of the twenty-first century.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on March 6, 2012
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"The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism" by A. A. Sachedina (hardback 2001; reprinted not revised as a paperback 2007). The author portrays himself as a `moderate' Muslim, who contends that `early' Islam in the Quran touted that Muslims should live in peaceful coexistence with Christians and Jews - that Muslims should not dominate over the latter. [This book was written about a year before the Islami-kaze attacks upon the NYC Twin Towers on 9/11/2001.] Critics of Islam contend that the Muslim prophet Muhammad underwent a religious transformation: from being a peacenik-oriented orator when he was a minority spokesman in Mecca, then as he gained military strength in Medina he turned into a despot before seeking to spread his new religion by military force upon Mecca and surrounding communities. Sachedina contends that there was no such transformation; that Muhammad really wasn't another desert bandit but merely persuaded surrounding communities to `surrender' [`islam'] to Allah through Muhammad's military forces. Sachedina contends that militant, fundamentalist, war- mongering Islamists misunderstand jihad. Sachedina contends that these Islamists believe (in error) that the Medina-ayats abrogated (naskh) the earlier peaceful-era ayats issued in Mecca; Sachedina contends that no verses were ever abrogated (p. 29-30). Mr. Sachedina is a very literate author who presents his "Islam is peace" arguments well - if you can convince yourself that Muhammad [al-insan al-kamil ] was really a peacenik. (For a contrarian perspective, I would recommend: "The Truth About Muhammad" by R. Spencer.) Islamo- realists would probably argue that Sachedina is practicing taqiyya/ al-taquiyya. I recommend this short book to Muslims, kuffar and zindiq.
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