Islam without Fear
Egypt and the New Islamists
By (author) Raymond William Baker
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Islam without Fear by Raymond William Baker
Book DescriptionFor the last several decades an influential group of Egyptian scholars and public intellectuals has been having a profound effect in the Islamic world. Raymond Baker offers a compelling portrait of these New Islamists--Islamic scholars, lawyers, judges, and journalists who provide the moral and intellectual foundations for a more fully realized Islamic community, open to the world and with full rights of active citizenship for women and non-Muslims. The New Islamists have a record of constructive engagement in Egyptian public life, balanced by an unequivocal critique of the excesses of Islamist extremists. Baker shows how the New Islamists are translating their thinking into action in education and the arts, economics and social life, and politics and foreign relations despite an authoritarian political environment. For the first time, Baker allows us to hear in context the most important New Islamist voices, including Muhammad al Ghazzaly, Kamal Abul Magd, Muhammad Selim al Awa, Fahmy Huwaidy, Tareq al Bishry, and Yusuf al Qaradawy--regarded by some as the most influential Islamic scholar in the world today. A potentially transformative force in global Islam, the New Islamists define Islam as a civilization that engages others and searches for common ground through shared values such as justice, peace, human rights, and democracy. "Islam without Fear" is an impressive achievement that contributes to the understanding of Islam in general and the possibilities of a centrist Islamist politics in particular.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674019799
(227mm x 144mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Raymond William Baker
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In One Islam, Many Muslim Worlds Raymond Baker addresses the main paradox of the Islamic world today: the fact of its emergence as a civilizational force strong enough to contend with the West, in the midst of its unprecedented material vulnerability.
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Author Biography - Raymond William Baker
Raymond William Baker is Professor of International Politics at Trinity College and Adjunct Professor at the American University in Cairo.
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