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Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam : Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush - Abdolkarim Soroush

Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam

Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush

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Published: 1st February 2000
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In recent years Abdolkarim Soroush has emerged as one of the leading revisionist thinkers of the Muslim world. Translated into English for the first time, this book features a critical introduction by the editors and an original interview that reveals the intellectual biography of the author. It sets forth Soroush's views on such matters as the inevitability of change in religion, the necessity of freedom of belief, and the compatibility of Islam with democracy.

"This selection of [Khatami's] writings reveals a genuinely liberal intellect rooted in Soroush's Iranian and Islamic culture but at home with Western thought...his statements are penetrating and coherent." --Foreign Affairs ",,,the major significance of these writings is the manner in which Western ideas of the prominence of reason on the one hand and a judgment of the intellectual hopelessness of post-modernism on the other hand leads to the affirmation of belief."--Middle East Studies Association Bulletin "Soroush's call for the unabashed application of reason to all the problems of the Muslim community is a profoundly liberating approach to religious and intellectual modernization."--Social Epistemology Journal of Knowledge, Culture, & Policy "This selection of his writings reveals a genuinely liberal intellect rooted in Soroush's Iranian and Islamic culture but at home with Western thought, toward which he is neither aggressive nor apologetically defensive."--Foreign Affairs "Penetrating and coherent."--Foreign Affairs ",,,the major significance of these writings is the manner in which Western ideas of the prominence of reason on the one hand and a judgment of the intellectual hopelessness of post-modernism on the other hand leads to the affirmation of belief."--Middle East Studies Association Bulletin "Soroush has been at the forefront of the continuing intellectual attempt within Iran to reconcile, and to some extent provide a synthesis of Western and Iranian ideas. In doing so, he has provided that reformist movement in Iran with an intellectual depth and sophistication which have arguably allowed it to sustain, and resist, the many political pressures which have been brought to bear upon by its opponents." -Ali Ansari, Times Literary Supplement "Soroush's call for the unabashed application of reason to all the problems of the Muslim community is a profoundly liberating approach to religious and intellectual modernization."--Social Epistemology Journal of Knowledge, Culture, & Policy

Forewordp. v
Introductionp. ix
Intellectual Autobiographyp. 3
Islamic Revival and Reform Theological Approachesp. 26
Life and Virtuep. 39
The Sense and Essence of Secularismp. 54
Doctrine and Justificationp. 69
Reason and Freedomp. 88
The Ethics of the Godsp. 105
The Idea of Democratic Religious Governmentp. 122
Tolerance and Governancep. 131
The Three Culturesp. 156
What the University Expects from the Hawzehp. 171
Let Us Learn from Historyp. 184
Notesp. 199
Selected Referencesp. 227
Indexp. 230
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ISBN: 9780195128123
ISBN-10: 0195128125
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st February 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 16.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.49