Search For Beauty In Islam

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Khaled Abou El Fadl is a classically-trained Islamic jurist, an American lawyer and law professor, and one of the most important Islamic thinkers today. In this updated and expanded edition of The Search for Beauty in Islam, Abou El Fadl offers eye-opening and enlightening insights into the contemporary realities of the current state of Islam and the West. Through a "conference of the books," an imagined conference of Muslim intellects from centuries past, Abou El Fadl examines the ugliness that has come to ...
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Overview

Khaled Abou El Fadl is a classically-trained Islamic jurist, an American lawyer and law professor, and one of the most important Islamic thinkers today. In this updated and expanded edition of The Search for Beauty in Islam, Abou El Fadl offers eye-opening and enlightening insights into the contemporary realities of the current state of Islam and the West. Through a "conference of the books," an imagined conference of Muslim intellects from centuries past, Abou El Fadl examines the ugliness that has come to plague Muslim realities and attempts to reclaim what he maintains is a core moral value in Islam-the value of beauty. Does Islamic law allow, or even call for, the gruesome acts of ugliness that have become so commonly associated with Islam today? Has Islam become a religion devoid of beauty, compassion and love? Based on actual cases, this book tackles different issues and problems in each chapter through a post-9/11 lens, discussing such topics as marriage, divorce, parental rights, the position of women, the veil, sexual abuse, wife-beating, terrorism, bigotry, morality, law, and the role of tradition. Abou El Fadl argues that the rekindling of the forgotten value of beauty is essential for Muslims today to take back what has been lost to the fundamentalist forces that have denigrated their religion.
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Editorial Reviews

The Library Quarterly
El Fadl attempts to offer interpretations that are humanistic and accommodating to modern values, yet simultaneously challenging for traditionalist scholars and preachers.
— An-Chi Hoh Dianu
The Library Quarterly - An-Chi Hoh Dianu
El Fadl attempts to offer interpretations that are humanistic and accommodating to modern values, yet simultaneously challenging for traditionalist scholars and preachers.
Roy Parviz Mottahedeh
This highly original book is in part a dialogue with Muslim scholars in the past, and, in part, a hymn to an enthralling vision that 'beauty' is to bring life to the truth of the Prophet. The dialogue shows the enormous breadth of [the author's] reading in classic works of learning by Muslims, and his vision suggests a new spiritual esthetic, which is both inspiring and challenging.
John L. Esposito
Khaled Abou El Fadl is emerging as a major Muslim voice for the twenty-first century. Conference of the Books is an excellent introduction to the ideas, insights, and reflections of this important scholar of Islam and Islamic law, author, and poet.
Karen Leonard
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, the most important scholar writing on Islamic jurisprudence and its development in the American context today, sets a high standard here for legal discourse and practice among North American Muslims.
Charles C. Kolb
Each independent essay may be read in any order, but collectively they illustrate richness and diversity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742550940
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 0.87 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches Islamic law, immigration, human rights, and international and national security law. He holds degrees from Yale University (B.A.), University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.) and Princeton University (M.A./Ph.D.). He serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch and was also appointed by President George W. Bush as a commissioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Author of numerous books and articles on Islamic law and Islam, his most recent work focuses on issues of authority, tolerance and democracy in Islam.
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Table of Contents

1 The conference of books : the first admission 1
2 The night's visitor 5
3 The pirates of the intellect 8
4 The terror of bigotry 12
5 The civilization of the book 14
6 The interminable conference 18
7 On betrayal 20
8 A prayer 22
9 Donkeys carrying books 25
10 To murder the soul 28
11 A one more knowing 31
12 Women as an 'Awra 33
13 The authoritative and the authoritarian 35
14 On obedience 37
15 To suffer the children 40
16 On forms of terror 43
17 Dial-a-fatwa 45
18 On knowledge 47
19 NYC bombing 50
20 Umm Ahmad and the judge 52
21 The book massacres 54
22 To kill parenthood 56
23 Killing flies 59
24 Attending Jum'a 61
25 Burdens of a generation 63
26 The dialectics of an apology 65
27 The essential individual 68
28 The search for beauty 70
29 Hegemony and terrorism 73
30 Longing for brotherhood 76
31 The culture of the Mamnu' 78
32 On being in love 81
33 Lecturing on the ugly 84
34 A night with the Qalam 87
35 A homily for Ibn Rushd 90
36 The Sunna of the beloved 95
37 Colonizing women 97
38 The page 99
39 My friend 102
40 The truth of silence 105
41 On the beating of wives 107
42 The beating of wives revisited 114
43 In praise of the marginal 123
44 A love song 125
45 Migrating to the Shaykhs 127
46 On revising bigotry 132
47 An encounter with the Shaykh (on the delusions of the fog) 137
48 Finding the Shaykh 141
49 The book of suspended judgment 147
50 Dreaming of the prophet 153
51 Women as a colony 160
52 In the footsteps of the beloved 165
53 The state between two states (a partnership with God) 168
54 The pearls of beauty (on re-finding our lost civilization) 176
55 The intellectual refugee 186
56 When the devil speaks 190
57 Corrupting God's book 193
58 The remembrance 203
59 The scholar's road 219
60 Muhammad, the child 229
61 The revelation 231
62 Shades of divine light 233
63 The restorations of the night 235
64 The exorcisms of the night 237
65 The unity of strangers 240
66 The testimony 242
67 Searching for the house of God 245
68 Incoherence 248
69 A breath from God 251
70 Derangements 254
71 A leader among us 257
72 When God asks the child 261
73 The sites of purity 264
74 Banning the conference 268
75 9/11 272
76 Divine threads 274
77 Embraced by the beloved 279
78 The Shaykha's endless jihad 281
79 Waves and rocks 298
80 The lord of the essence : a fatwa on dogs 316
81 Thieves of the dark 331
82 Quietus 335
83 Notes of the night 341
84 Notes of the transformation 344
85 The first admission 348
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