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And God Knows the Soldiers : The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses - Khaled M.Abou El Fadl

And God Knows the Soldiers

The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses

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Published: 28th August 2001
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This is a substantially expanded edition of the author's seminal work The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses: A Contemporary Case Study. Beginning with the case study of a Muslim basketball player who refused to stand up while the American national anthem was playing, the author documents the disintegration of the Islamic juristic tradition, and the prevalence of authoritarianism in contemporary Muslim discourses. The author analyzes the rise of what he describes as puritan and despotic trends in modern Islam, and asserts that such trends nullify the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition. By declaring themselves the true soldiers of God and the defenders of religion, Muslim puritan movements are able to degrade women, eradicate critical thinking, and empty Islam of its moral content. In effect, the author argues, the self-declared protectors of Islam become its despots and oppressors who suppress the dynamism and vigor of the Islamic message. Anchoring himself in the rich Islamic jurisprudential tradition, the author argues for upholding the authoritativeness of the religious text without succumbing to authoritarian methodologies of interpretation. Ultimately, the author asserts that in order to respect the integrity of the Divine laws it is necessary to adopt rigorous analytical methodologies of interpretation, and to re-investigate the place of morality in modern Islam.

Over all, the book is informative, educational, and interesting.--Muhammad Tahir Mansoori "Islamic Studies "

The Short Legacy of a Short Book: Justification and Confessionp. 1
The Problem of Authority: An Anecdotal Experiencep. 23
The Text and Authority: A Case Studyp. 37
The Case Study: The Fatwap. 43
The Construction of the Authoritarianp. 83
Publication Afterthoughtsp. 93
Authority and the Determination of Meaning: One God, One Book, and One Meaningp. 94
Choosing a Case Study: Pick on Someone Your Own Sizep. 101
Raising the Bar: Are We Going to Need a Jurist to Go to the Toilet?p. 105
The Modern Dynamics and the Islamic Legal Traditionp. 108
Lecherous Suspicions: Do You Dare Question the Hijab?p. 121
Is Morality a Bad Word?p. 138
Appendixp. 157
Glossary of Termsp. 159
Works Citedp. 175
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780761820840
ISBN-10: 0761820841
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 28th August 2001
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.39 x 13.46  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.25