Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

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"This book will work out well for my Modern Islam course. With excellent textbooks such as this one and Professor Esposito's Voices of Resurgent Islam, I hope to be able to offer this course more often."--Alford T. Welch, Michigan State University. This sourcebook of fifty-seven modern Islamic writings show the tensions inherent in the struggle of Muslims to maintain their religious identity in the modern world. Here Muslims speak for themselves, revealing the diversity of ...
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"This book will work out well for my Modern Islam course. With excellent textbooks such as this one and Professor Esposito's Voices of Resurgent Islam, I hope to be able to offer this course more often."--Alford T. Welch, Michigan State University. This sourcebook of fifty-seven modern Islamic writings show the tensions inherent in the struggle of Muslims to maintain their religious identity in the modern world. Here Muslims speak for themselves, revealing the diversity of Islamic thought.
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Advance Praise: "Islam in Transition includes a wide range of opinions written by Muslim intellectuals over two centuries, undercutting students' stereotypes of Islam as a monolithic religion. The book is both comprehensive and diverse--chronologically, geographically, and intellectually. Islam in Transition . . . fills a void--although there are many primary source readers instructors can use for courses on Islam and Islamic Civilization, there are not many readers in print for courses on the modern Middle East."--Corrine Blake, Rowan University

"The best thing about this book is that it covers a wide range of modern Muslim thinkers and allows them to speak for themselves. I know of no other book like it."--Jamal J. Elias, Amherst College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195174304
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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St. Joseph's University, Beirut

Georgetown University

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Islam in transition : Muslim perspectives 1
Fatherland and patriotism 9
An Islamic response to imperialism 13
Islamic solidarity 16
Islam, reason, and civilization 20
The caliphate and the bases of power 24
Indian and English government 32
Islam : the religion of reason and nature 35
Patriotism, nationalism, and group spirit in Islam 41
Our decline and its causes 44
Muslim unity and Arab unity 49
The future of culture in Egypt 54
The new renaissance 59
Islam and Arab nationalism 64
A separate Muslim state in the subcontinent 71
Nationalism and Islam 74
Socialism and Islam 79
The third way 83
The Arab personality between past and present 87
A criticism of religious thought 93
Islamic socialism 100
Social justice in Islam 103
Islam and the socialist revolution 109
The concept of Islamic socialism 111
Contemporary Arab ideology 115
Islam, reform, and the new Arab man 122
Islam vs. Marxism and capitalism 128
Islam in secular India 133
Islam and secularism 136
Adaptation of Islamic jurisprudence to modern social needs 145
The reinterpretation of Islam 151
Rights and roles of woman 157
The political competence of women in Islamic law 170
Reforming Islam and Islamic law 178
On the future of women and politics in the Arab world 184
Chronology of a struggle for equal rights 197
The modernist majority report : the debate over family law reform in Pakistan 204
The minority report : the debate over family law reform in Pakistan 208
The Islamic veil (hijab) : fatwa 212
Bio-ethics : fatwas 215
Human procreation : fatwas 223
The characteristics of Islamic economics 229
Islam and the challenge of economic development 236
The Islamic welfare state 242
The psychological role of Islam in economic development 249
Political theory of Islam 262
The participation of Islamists in a non-Islamic government 271
Political pluralism from an Islamic perspective 279
Shura and democracy 288
Democracy or shuracracy 296
Why democracy, and why now? 307
Tolerance and governance : a discourse on religion and democracy 311
Compatibility : neither required nor an issue 319
Islamic government 332
The need for civilizational dialogue 341
The crisis of the Arab intellectual : traditionalism or historicism? 345
Islamic culture in danger 352
On martyrdom (shahadat) 361
Dialogue between East and West 366
Reflections on Islam and the West : yesterday, today and tomorrow 371
The poverty of fanaticism 382
Jihad and the modern world 394
Jihad in the cause of God 4092
The forgotten duty 4172
Join the caravan 4252
Text of fatwa urging jihad against Americans (1998) 4302
The covenant of the Islamic resistance movement HAMAS 4332
On the political utility of using armed violence 4442
We must think before we act; September 11 was a gift to the U.S. administration 4492
Islam and violence : our forgotten legacy 4601
Jihad : fatwa 4651
Terrorism : fatwa 4681
Suicide bombings and martyrdom : fatwas 4692
The Arab world and the Muslims faced with their contradictions 4742
Islam and the Malay civilizational identity : tension and harmony between ethnicity and religiosity 4802
Islamic faith and the problem of pluralism : relations among the believers 4882
Reason and individual reasoning 5012
Human history as a divine revelation : a dialogue 507
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