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Muslims and Modernity : An Introduction to the Issues and Debates - Clinton Bennett

Muslims and Modernity

An Introduction to the Issues and Debates

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Can democracy flourish in Muslim society? What does the Qur'an say about women, minorities, human rights? Are Islam and the West on a collision course? After 9/11, much has been written about the inevitability of a clash between Islam and the West, as their worldviews compete for global supremacy. Recent developments have done little to challenge this thesis, or the West's negative image of Islam. The author compares and contrasts contributions from "traditional" and "progressive" Muslims. Voicing at least two Muslim opinions in each area of debate, this book challenges the idea that all Muslims think identically. While Muslims and Modernity is designed primarily for use an undergraduate textbook, reference to accessible Internet material, to literature and to popular as well as scholarly sources will broaden its appeal to a general readership. This book's discussion draws on post-colonial theory, feminist analyses, anthropology, cultural and religious studies, politics and philosophy.

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Acknowledgementsp. ix
Pedagogical Prefacep. xii
In the public eyep. xii
Aims and approachp. xiii
A left-right analysisp. xvi
Introduction: Voices and Viewpointsp. 1
Methodology: virtual insidershipp. 1
Polarized viewpointsp. 3
Media and anti-Islamismp. 9
Does Islam threaten the West?p. 11
Modernity, Postmodernity and the World of Islamp. 17
The crises of modernityp. 17
What is modernism?p. 24
Postmodernity and Islamp. 27
Postmodernism and Marxist analysisp. 30
Muslim responses: Akbar Ahmed (1992) and Ziauddin Sardar (1998)p. 31
Muslims and Democracyp. 40
Democracy - whose version?p. 40
Double standardsp. 42
Four modelsp. 44
Summary of the historical legacyp. 46
Mawdudi's model: theo-democracy (centre right)p. 49
Rule by an elite: the case of Saudi Arabiap. 53
The centre-left's model: Taha's Second Message of Islamp. 56
Secular Islam: the far leftp. 57
Literary case study: Ahdaf Soueif's The Map of Lovep. 61
Muslims on Human Rightsp. 63
An imposition from outside?p. 63
Mawdudi and the Muslim right: human rights and Islamp. 65
The hizb-ut-tahrir and human rightsp. 67
The Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights (1981)p. 68
Bassam Tibi on human rightsp. 69
An-Na'im on Islam and human rightsp. 73
Freedom of expression and the limits of dissent: Hisbahp. 76
Literary case study: Hanif Kureishi's The Black Albump. 81
Muslim Voices on the Qur'anp. 85
Common groundp. 85
How Muslims view the Qur'anp. 86
A multiplicity of voicesp. 97
Progressive contributionsp. 101
A contextual approachp. 104
Islamic Epistemologyp. 107
The Islamization of knowledge: supporters and criticsp. 107
Al-Faruqi: Islam the religion of reason, science and progressp. 108
Nasr: the goal of education is to actualize all the possibilities of the human soulp. 111
Nasr and Mawdudi: convergence and divergencep. 114
Bucaillism: the Qur'an as a scientific textp. 115
Sardar: a critique of al-Faruqi and Nasrp. 116
Reviving the Mu'tazalite heritagep. 120
Muslim Voices on Gender in Islamp. 129
Introducing the debatep. 129
Mawdudi: equal but differentp. 131
Feminist Muslim responsesp. 135
Male contributionsp. 142
Islamic feminism: human rights and humanist critiquesp. 144
Literary case study: two Egyptian novels and Alf Laylah Wa Laylahp. 150
Non-Muslims in the Muslim World: Voices and Viewsp. 156
Four positions on Islam and non-Muslimsp. 156
Mawdudi: theory and reality of the classical dhimmi modelp. 159
The centre left and non-Muslims in an Islamic statep. 164
The radical leftp. 168
Literary case study: Nasrin's Lajjap. 173
Muslims as Minorities: Voices and Viewsp. 177
Three strategiesp. 177
Muslims in non-Muslim territory: what do the founding discourses say?p. 177
India: a case study of the three strategiesp. 180
The confrontational response in Diaspora Islamp. 184
The separatist responsep. 185
The integrationist modep. 188
Literary case study: Monica Ali's Brick Lanep. 195
War and Peace in Islam: The Traditional Viewp. 198
Muslim understanding of war and peacep. 198
Sayyid Qutb on jihadp. 198
Mawdudi's and Qutb's impact on contemporary Muslim lifep. 205
The case of Palestinep. 209
Progressive and Moderate Muslims on War and Peacep. 219
Rethinking jihadp. 219
Shaltut's treatise on 'The Koran and Fighting'p. 220
Al-Qaradawi and jihadp. 223
Muslims on 9/11p. 226
The issue of suicidep. 227
Progressive Musims on pacifist Islamp. 228
Some non-Muslims respond to 9/11 and Islamic terrorismp. 236
Algeria: A Study in Islamic Resurgence, and Bangladesh: Culture v. Islamp. 240
Algeria's colonial legacyp. 240
Al-Jaza'ir 'Arabiyya wa al-Islam dinuha (Algeria is Arab and Islam is its religion)p. 241
Literary case study: Camus's L'Etrangerp. 242
Post-independencep. 244
The demand for autonomyp. 247
Democracy as a movable feastp. 249
Bangladesh: a case studyp. 251
Bibliographyp. 257
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ISBN: 9780826454812
ISBN-10: 082645481X
Series: Comparative Islamic Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 15.8  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1