Nietzsche and Islam / Edition 1

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Overview

In the light of current events, particularly the ‘post September 11th’ debates with much focus on aspects of the ‘clash of civilisation’ thesis, the issue of Islamic identity is a crucial one. Whilst Friedrich Nietzsche was addressing an audience of a different culture and age, his own originality, creativity, psychological, philological and historical insights allows for a fresh and enlightening understanding of Islam within the context of our modern era.

In this book, Roy Jackson sets out to determine:


  • Why did Nietzsche feel inclined to be so generous towards the Islamic tradition yet so critical of Western Christianity?

  • How important was religion for Nietzsche’s views on such matters as moral and political philosophy and how does this help us to understand the Islamic response to modernity?

  • How does Nietzsche’s distinctive outlook and methodology help us to understand such key Islamic paradigms as the Qur’an, the Prophet, and the ‘Rightly-Guided’ Caliphs?

Nietzsche and Islam provides an original and fresh insight into Nietzsche’s views on religion and shows that his philosophy can make an important contribution to what is considered to be Islam’s key paradigms. As such it will be of interest to a diverse readership and will provide useful material for researchers when thinking about religion, Islam and the future.

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Table of Contents


The clash of civilisations: background to the debate and work outlined     1
The Historical versus the Transhistorical: terms defined     18
Nietzsche's religiosity     41
The soul as text: the Qur'anic paradigm     67
The soul as deriving from Jahiliyya     100
The soul as deriving from the time of the Prophet and Rashidun     119
The real threat: Islam's Platonism behind the mask of liberalism     146
Notes     165
Bibliography     179
Index     187
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