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Reformation of Islamic Thought : A Critical Historical Analysis - Alinda Lamein

Reformation of Islamic Thought

A Critical Historical Analysis

Paperback Published: 1st April 2006
ISBN: 9789053568286
Number Of Pages: 112

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Ever since the dramatic events of September 11, 2001 the fundamentalist and exclusivist trend prevails in most presentations of Islamic thinking. Indeed, these events have given extremists and fundamentalists a much more prominent position than they might ever have dreamt of. In Reformation of Islamic Thought, the prominent Egyptian scholar Nasr Ab� Zayd examines the positive, liberal, and inclusive reaction embedded in the writings of Muslim thinkers. He takes the reader on a critical journey across the Muslim World, where Muslim thinkers from Egypt and Iran to Indonesia seek to divest Islam of traditionalistic and legalistic interpretation. Instead, these thinkers stress the value of a cultural, enlightened Islam, and an individualistic faith. For many, the dogmatic Islam established by the conservatives and supported by totalitarian political regimes is outdated; they want it replaced by a spiritual and ethical Islam. To what extent are these reformist thinkers engaged in a genuine renewal of Islamic thought? Do they succeed in escaping the traditionalist trap of presenting a purely negative image of the West?

Preface
Preface by the Author
Introduction
The Pre-Colonial Period
Introduction
Cultural Diversity
The Paradigm of Sharia
Revivalism
Conclusion
The Nineteenth Century
Introduction
The Challenge of Modernity
Rethinking Consensus: The Emergence of New Ulama
Al-Afghani: The Pioneer of Reformation, Islah
Rethinking Sunna, Hadith Criticism: The Emergence of a New Exegesis of the Quran
Rethinking the Meaning of the Quran
Islam and Science
Islam and Nationalism
Conclusion
The Twentieth Century
Introduction
The Emergence of Political Islam
Egypt
Iran and Iraq
Indonesia
From Reformation (Islah) to Traditionalism (Salafiyya)
The issue of the Islamic State
Politicization of the Quran
The Intellectual Debate: The Quran as a Literary Text
Case 1: Cultural Islam in Indonesia: Democracy, Freethinking and Human Rights
Case 2: The Islamic State in Iran
Conclusion Selected Thinkers on Islam, Sharia, Democracy and Human Rights
Introduction
Mohammed Arkoun: Rethinking Islam
Abdullah An-Naim: Sharia and Human Rights
Riffat Hassan and Others: Feminist Hermeneutics
Tariq Ramadan: European Islam
Nasr Abu Zayd: Rethinking Sharia, Democracy, Human Rights, and the Position of Women
Epilogue
Literature
Glossary
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ISBN: 9789053568286
ISBN-10: 905356828X
Series: WRR Verkenningen
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st April 2006
Publisher: AMSTERDAM UNIV PR
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.15  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32

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