A.G. Noorani provides non-Muslims with the history and understanding of certain basic concepts needed to counteract the recent upsurge of ill-informed prejudice against Muslims not only in the West but also some Third World countries; and for Muslims to see through any tendency to romanticize the crude and un-islamic brutalities of fundamentalists whom he sees as imposters who are misusing the faith as a political weapon.
About the Author
A.G. Noorani is a well-known Indian lawyer and political commentator.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: "The Spectre of Islam"
The Long March of Prejudice
The Meanings of Jihad and Fatwa
The Very Modern Roots of Islamic Fundamentalism
Human Rights in the Islamic Tradition
Ijtihad (Reason) and the Challenge of Modernity
Epilogue: Time for the Greater Jihad
Appendixes: 1: Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights
2. The Protection of Human Rights in Islamic Criminal Justice