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Islam's Predicament with Modernity: Politics, Religious Reform and Cultural Change
     

Islam's Predicament with Modernity: Politics, Religious Reform and Cultural Change

by Bassam Tibi
 

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ISBN-10: 0415484723

ISBN-13: 9780415484725

Pub. Date: 04/20/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Islam's Predicament with Modernity presents an in-depth cultural and political analysis of the issue of political Islam as a potential source of tensions and conflict, and how this might be peacefully resolved.

Looking at the issue of modernity from an Islamic point of view, the author examines the role of culture and religion in Muslim society under

Overview

Islam's Predicament with Modernity presents an in-depth cultural and political analysis of the issue of political Islam as a potential source of tensions and conflict, and how this might be peacefully resolved.

Looking at the issue of modernity from an Islamic point of view, the author examines the role of culture and religion in Muslim society under conditions of globalisation, and analyses issues such as law, knowledge and human rights. He engages a number of significant studies on political Islam and draws on detailed case studies, rejecting the approaches of both Orientalists and apologists and calling instead for a genuine Islamic pluralism that accepts the equality of others. Situating modernity as a Western product at the crux of his argument, he argues that a separation of religion and politics is required, which presents a challenge to the Islamic worldview.

This critical analysis of value conflicts, tensions and change in the Islamic world will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of international relations, social theory, political science, religion, Islamic studies and Middle Eastern studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415484725
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/20/2009
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 0.92(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface x

Introduction: cultural tensions, modernity, globalization, and conflict 1

1 The predicament: the exposure to cultural modernity, and the need for an accommodation. Religious reform and cultural change in Islamic civilization 35

2 Issue areas of the predicament I: modernity and knowledge. Torn between reason and Islamization 65

3 Issue areas of the predicament II: cultural modernity and law. The contemporary reinvention of shari'a for the shari'atization of Islam 95

4 Issue areas of the predicament III: Islam, the principle of subjectivity, and individual human rights 130

5 Islam's predicament as a source of conflict. Cultural-religious tensions and identity politics 147

6 Cultural change and religious reform I: the challenge of secularization in the shadow of de-secularization 178

7 Cultural change and religious reform II: pluralism of religions vs. Islamic supremacism 209

8 Authenticity and cultural legacy: a plea for the revival of the heritage of Islamic rationalism: falsafa/rational philosophy vs. fiqh-orthodoxy 237

9 Case studies I: the failed cultural transformation in Egypt. A model for the Islamic world? 265

10 Case studies II: the Gulf beyond the age of oil. The envisioned cultural project for the future 290

11 Conclusions and future prospects: cultural modernity and the Islamic dream of semi-modernity 303

Notes 320

Bibliography 370

Index 390

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