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Liberal Islam by Charles Kurzman
Book Description"Liberal Islam" is not a contradiction in terms; it is a thriving tradition and undergoing a revival within the last generation. This anthology presents the work of 32 Muslims who share parallel concerns with Western liberalism. Although the West has largely ignored the liberal tradition within Islam, many of these authors are well-known in their own countries as advocates of democracy and tolerance. Among these are: Abdulkarim Soroush, a leading oppositional figure in Iran; Nurcholish Madjid, a prominent Indonesian intellectual; Mahmud Mohamed Taha, a religious reformer executed by the Sudanese government; and Ali Abd al-Raziq, an Egyptian religious scholar whose writings on the separation of church and state have been controversial since the 1920s. In an analytical introduction, editor Charles Kurzman discusses the history of the liberal tradition in Islam and identifies the main currents in liberal Islamic thought. This collection will be an important resource for scholars and students of Islam, the Middle East, and international affairs, and will also help to redress the imbalance in our perceptions of the Islamic world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195116229
(252mm x 177mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 10-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles Kurzman
Missing Martyrs, Hardback (August 2011)
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Democracy Denied, 1905-1915, Hardback (October 2008)
Proposes that the collective agent most directly responsible for democratization was the emerging class of modern intellectuals, a group that had gained a global identity and a near-messianic sense of mission following the Dreyfus Affair of 1898.
Unthinkable Revolution in Iran, Paperback (September 2005)
A top-secret CIA analysis in October 1978 concluded that the Shah of Iran would remain on the throne for the foreseeable future. 100 days later he was overthrown by a popular and largely peaceful revolution.
Modernist Islam, 1840-1940, Paperback (November 2002)» View all books by Charles Kurzman
A major intellectual current in the Muslim world during the 19th and 20th centuries, proponents of modernist Islam typically believed that it was imperative to show how "modern" values and institutions could be reconciled with authentically Islamic ideals. This text collects their writings.
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