- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Fordham University Press; Reprint edition (April 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823251233
- ISBN-13: 978-0823251230
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 6.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“It is more urgent than ever to allow a voice such as Meddeb’s to be heard, the voice of an Arab intellectual familiar with both Muslim civilization and Western culture. In this―and thanks to his immense knowledge and open-indedness―he is a precious translator capable of seeing both sides at the same time.” (―Marcel Henaff University of California, San Diego)
“This is the perfect handbook for deepening our understanding of both the incredible richness through time and the paradoxical present obtuseness of Islamic culture. Meddeb achieves this feat―how clear knowledge can disarm belligerent interpretations of a paradoxical faith―through his elegant and polyphonic use of Qu’ranic exegesis, advanced literary poetics, and a strong sense of democratic citizen politics, all of which are informed by a profound cosmopolitanism able to simultaneously draw on Ibn Arabi’s eclectic Sufism and Voltaire’s secular intellect, among many other sources. A necessary exploration,a must-read.” (―Pierre Joris author of The University of California Book of North African Literature)
The philosophy of the future will draw upon all of humanity’s collective accomplishments. In Islam and the Challenge of Civilization, Abdelwahab Meddeb proposes a scriptural hermeneutics that combines Spinoza and Ibn 'Arabi, an architectural style that blends Brunilleschi and Sinan, an ethos of competition expressed by the Qur'an and Claude Levi-Strauss, and many other hybrids. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to glimpse the cosmopolitan civilization on the horizon. (―Nicholas Tampio Fordham University)
“. . . an important contribution to knowledge because it gives eloquent voice to a modern Muslim thinker who rejects the narrow legalism of the Wahhabi tradition of Saudi Arabia or the Puritanism of the Egyptian Muslim Brethren.” (―Patrick J. Ryan S.J. Fordham University)
Abdelwahab Meddeb's Islam and the Challenge of Civilization offers new perspectives on and fresh associations among historical events in a way that draws the curtain and adjusts the view among Muslim public intellectuals. Situated within the broad scholarship of Islamic thought, it engages critically and creatively with various doctrinal issues that are being manipulated by some Muslim opinion leaders to support their own bellicose positions. (―American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences)
“Bold and fresh. . . . Those well-versed in Islamic Studies will enjoy the erudite read, masterfully rendered into English by Kuntz.” (―Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Abdelwahab Meddeb (1946-2014) was novelist and poet who taught comparative literature at the Université Paris X (Nanterre). Meddeb published more than twenty books in French. His La maladie de l’islam, winner of the Prix François Mauriac, has been translated into English as The Malady of Islam.