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Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World / Edition 2

Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World / Edition 2

by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
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A Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World, by one of Islam's greatest contemporary scholars, was written specifically for Muslims, and in particular young Muslims, urging them to become familiar with their religion and to gain an understanding of the modern world from the Islamic point of view in order to respond positively to its challenges. This guide, the first of its kind in any language, presents an exposition of the teachings of Islam as revealed in the Qur'an, explained in the hadith and Sunnah of the Prophet and commented upon by Muslim scholars and thinkers, as well as outlining the Western religious and intellectual tradition.

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ISBN-13: 9781567444766
Publisher: Kazi Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/1994
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Islam and the Plight of Modern Man, Ideals and Realities of Islam and Science & Civilization in Islam, all published by the Islamic Texts Society.

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Despite the extensive contact that Muslims have had and continue to have with the Western world since the last century, there has been very little study carried out by them about religion in the West. As stated previously, there are very few Muslim scholars who know the classical languages well enough to study the history of the main religion in the West, namely, Christianity, and also very few who have dealt in depth with Christian theology and religious thought. This is a sad state of affairs when one sees that there is such a large number of Western scholars both Christian and Jewish, as well as those who are secularized and therefore do not accept the religious point of view, who have taken the trouble to master Arabic, Persian and other Islamic languages in order to study Islam itself. They write about Islam in all of its facets from their own point of view and some have even tried to dictate to Muslims how they should study their own religion.
In any case, there is no equivalence between the West's knowledge of Islam, however slanted its point of view may be for Muslims, and Islam's understanding of religion in the West from the Islamic point of view. The latter is very rare and much that has been written by modern Muslims scholars about religion and thought in the West is in fact for the most part based on either the Western point of view or upon shallow and limited knowledge which has prevented most such studies from penetrating in depth into the meaning of religion and its history in the Western world.
Two diametrically opposed points of view concerning religion in the West are to be seen among Muslims. Some consider all Westerners to be Christians, with the small Jewish minority being of course an exception, and often refer to Westerners as "those Christians" as if the West were the West of the Middle Ages when the Crusades were carried out and Western civilization lived in what has been called the Age of Faith. Another group of Muslims hold the opposite view that all Westerners are materialist or agnostics and skeptics and in fact there is no religion among the Westerners.
Now it is essential to insist that both of these views are false. On the one hand, the West since the seventeenth century and even before that since the Renaissance has been moving in the direction of secularization and the dilution of religion in the everyday life of men. As a result, there are numerous Westerners who are no longer technically speaking Christians or Jews although they are inheritors of Christianity and Judaism. And yet there are still a fairly large number of people who practice Christianity and also Judaism within a civilization which itself can no longer be called a Christian civilization. It is very important for Muslims to understand the exact situation as far as the role of religion in the West is concerned and to avoid the extreme views currently held by so many people in the Islamic world. A young Muslim will never be able to understand the modern world without understanding the role of religion and also its eclipse in the West during the incubation, birth, growth and spread of the modern world in Europe and America and its later spread to other lands.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Message of Islam
1 Islam, the Noble Quran and Hadith
2 God, Man and the Universe
3 The Shariah
4 Islamic Spirituality and Thought
5 Islamic Science
6 Literature and the Arts
7 The Islamic World in Modern Times
Part II: The Nature of the Modern World
8 Religion in the Modern West
9 Modern Western Philosophy and Schools of Thought
10 Modern Science and Technology
11 Political, Social and Economic Life of the Modern World
12 Modern Education
13 Art in the Modern West
14 The Modern Lifestyle
Part III: Epilogue
15 The Young Muslim and the Islamic Response to the Modern World

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