Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World
By (author) Carl W. Ernst
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Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World by Carl W. Ernst
Book DescriptionRecipient of the 2004 Bashrahil Prize for Outstanding Cultural Achievement in the Humanities An introduction to Islam, today the faith of more than a billion people, set in the context of world history and of religious studies. Carl Ernst brings together Islamic religious thought and lived experience to examine traditional spirituality and the contentious issues confronting Muslims today. His approach is balanced - both sympathetic and critical. Besides providing a guide to the fundamental aspects of Islam - its sacred sources, ethical systems and spiritual practices - the author encourages the reader to reflect on these topics. This compact introduction appeals to all those who want to understand both the historical aspects of Islam as well as the place of Islam in the contemporary world. Features: *A critical perspective on Western attitudes toward Islam. *A clarification of the contemporary importance of Islam both in Euro-American and in Afro-Asiatic countries and a context for understanding extremist movements like fundamentalism. *Access to the voice of Muslims, through translations of texts into English. *An overview of the critical debates on such important contemporary issues as gender and veiling, state politics, and science and ethics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748619597
(200mm x 138mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 12-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carl W. Ernst
Islamophobia in America, Hardback (March 2013)
Islamophobia in America offers new perspectives on prejudice against Muslims, which has become increasingly widespread in the USA in the past decade. The contributors document the history of anti-Islamic sentiment in American culture, the scope of organized anti-Muslim propaganda, and the institutionalization of this kind of intolerance.
How to Read the Qur'an, Paperback (February 2012)
A compact introduction and reader's guide to the Qur'an.
Sufi Martyrs of Love, Paperback (February 2003)» View all books by Carl W. Ernst
This volume offers a critical perspective on Western attitudes towards Islam and Sufism, confronts the prejudices of theacademy and the media, and offers a clarification of the contemporary importance of Sufism, both in the West and in traditional Sufi homelands.
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Author Biography - Carl W. Ernst
Carl W. Ernst is a W.R. Kenan Professor of Religious Studies at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at UNC Global. He is author of several books including Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (EUP, 2004), Sufi Martyrs of Love (Palgrave, 2002) and Teachings of Sufism (Shambhala Publications, 1999).
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