Islam without Extremes A Muslim Case for Liberty

Islam without Extremes  A Muslim Case for Liberty
Author : Mustafa Akyol
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages : 368
Release : 2011-07-18
ISBN 10 : 9780393081978
ISBN 13 : 0393081974
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam without Extremes A Muslim Case for Liberty Book Description:

“A delightfully original take on…the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East.”—Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the question: Is Islam incompatible with freedom? In Islam without Extremes, Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol answers this question by revealing the little-understood roots of political Islam, which originally included both rationalist, flexible strains and more dogmatic, rigid ones. Though the rigid traditionalists won out, Akyol points to a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and the unique “Islamo-liberal synthesis” in present-day Turkey. As he powerfully asserts, only by accepting a secular state can Islamic societies thrive. Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and liberty.

The Islamic Jesus

The Islamic Jesus
Author : Mustafa Akyol
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Total Pages : 288
Release : 2017-02-14
ISBN 10 : 9781250088703
ISBN 13 : 1250088704
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Islamic Jesus Book Description:

“A welcome expansion of the fragile territory known as common ground.” —The New York Times When Reza Aslan’s bestseller Zealot came out in 2013, there was criticism that he hadn’t addressed his Muslim faith while writing the origin story of Christianity. In fact, Ross Douthat of The New York Times wrote that “if Aslan had actually written in defense of the Islamic view of Jesus, that would have been something provocative and new.” Mustafa Akyol’s The Islamic Jesus is that book. The Islamic Jesus reveals startling new truths about Islam in the context of the first Muslims and the early origins of Christianity. Muslims and the first Christians—the Jewish followers of Jesus—saw Jesus as not divine but rather as a prophet and human Messiah and that salvation comes from faith and good works, not merely as faith, as Christians would later emphasize. What Akyol seeks to reveal are how these core beliefs of Jewish Christianity, which got lost in history as a heresy, emerged in a new religion born in 7th Arabia: Islam. Akyol exposes this extraordinary historical connection between Judaism, Jewish Christianity and Islam—a major mystery unexplored by academia. From Jesus’ Jewish followers to the Nazarenes and Ebionites to the Qu’ran’s stories of Mary and Jesus, The Islamic Jesus will reveal links between religions that seem so contrary today. It will also call on Muslims to discover their own Jesus, at a time when they are troubled by their own Pharisees and Zealots.

Reopening Muslim Minds

Reopening Muslim Minds
Author : Mustafa Akyol
Publisher : St. Martin's Essentials
Total Pages : 256
Release : 2021-04-06
ISBN 10 : 9781250256072
ISBN 13 : 1250256070
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reopening Muslim Minds Book Description:

A fascinating journey into Islam's diverse history of ideas, making an argument for an "Islamic Enlightenment" today In Reopening Muslim Minds, Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and opinion writer for The New York Times, both diagnoses “the crisis of Islam” in the modern world, and offers a way forward. Diving deeply into Islamic theology, and also sharing lessons from his own life story, he reveals how Muslims lost the universalism that made them a great civilization in their earlier centuries. He especially demonstrates how values often associated with Western Enlightenment — freedom, reason, tolerance, and an appreciation of science — had Islamic counterparts, which sadly were cast aside in favor of more dogmatic views, often for political ends. Elucidating complex ideas with engaging prose and storytelling, Reopening Muslim Minds borrows lost visions from medieval Muslim thinkers such as Ibn Rushd (aka Averroes), to offer a new Muslim worldview on a range of sensitive issues: human rights, equality for women, freedom of religion, or freedom from religion. While frankly acknowledging the problems in the world of Islam today, Akyol offers a clear and hopeful vision for its future.

Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World

Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World
Author : Carool Kersten
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 228
Release : 2019-06-17
ISBN 10 : 9781135008925
ISBN 13 : 1135008922
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World Book Description:

This book presents an intellectual history of today’s Muslim world, surveying contemporary Muslim thinking in its various manifestations, addressing a variety of themes that impact on the lives of present-day Muslims. Focusing on the period from roughly the late 1960s to the first decade of the twenty-first century, the book is global in its approach and offers an overview of different strands of thought and trends in the development of new ideas, distinguishing between traditional, reactionary, and progressive approaches. It presents a variety of themes and issues including: The continuing relevance of the legacy of traditional Islamic learning as well as the use of reason; the centrality of the Qur’an; the spiritual concerns of contemporary Muslims; political thought regarding secularity, statehood, and governance; legal and ethical debates; related current issues like human rights, gender equality, and religious plurality; as well as globalization, ecology and the environment, bioethics, and life sciences. An alternative account of Islam and the Muslim world today, counterbalancing narratives that emphasise politics and confrontations with the West, this book is an essential resource for students and scholars of Islam.

War on Hate

War on Hate
Author : Henry Kopel
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages : 474
Release : 2021-07-12
ISBN 10 : 9781793627612
ISBN 13 : 1793627614
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

War on Hate Book Description:

Can genocide and terrorism ever be eliminated? This book says yes. It demonstrates that such atrocities are driven mainly by mass ideological hate incitement. Hence ending the violence requires shutting down the incitement – especially across the Middle East, where a tsunami of hate propaganda drives an epidemic of terrorism.

Religious Freedom in Islam

Religious Freedom in Islam
Author : Daniel Philpott
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 336
Release : 2019-02-01
ISBN 10 : 9780190908201
ISBN 13 : 0190908203
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Freedom in Islam Book Description:

Since at least the attacks of September 11, 2001, one of the most pressing political questions of the age has been whether Islam is hostile to religious freedom. Daniel Philpott examines conditions on the ground in forty-seven Muslim-majority countries today and offers an honest, clear-eyed answer to this urgent question. It is not, however, a simple answer. From a satellite view, the Muslim world looks unfree. But, Philpott shows, the truth is much more complex. Some one-fourth of Muslim-majority countries are in fact religiously free. Of the other countries, about forty percent are governed not by Islamists but by a hostile secularism imported from the West, while the other sixty percent are Islamist. The picture that emerges is both honest and hopeful. Yes, most Muslim-majority countries are lacking in religious freedom. But, Philpott argues, the Islamic tradition carries within it "seeds of freedom," and he offers guidance for how to cultivate those seeds in order to expand religious freedom in the Muslim world and the world at large. It is an urgent project. Religious freedom promotes goods like democracy and the advancement of women that are lacking in the Muslim-majority world and reduces ills like civil war, terrorism, and violence. Further, religious freedom is simply a matter of justice--not an exclusively Western value, but rather a universal right rooted in human nature. Its realization is critical to the aspirations of religious minorities and dissenters in Muslim countries, to Muslims living in non-Muslim countries or under secular dictatorships, and to relations between the West and the Muslim world. In this thoughtful book, Philpott seeks to establish a constructive middle ground in a fiery and long-lasting debate over Islam.

Why as a Muslim I Defend Liberty

Why  as a Muslim  I Defend Liberty
Author : Mustafa Akyol
Publisher :
Total Pages : 224
Release : 2021-09-07
ISBN 10 : 1952223172
ISBN 13 : 9781952223174
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why as a Muslim I Defend Liberty Book Description:

This short but accessible book provides an argument that the Lockean revolution in Christianity--which reconciled faith with freedom--is both desperately necessary and also promisingly possible in Islam.

An Islamic Jihad of Nonviolence

An Islamic Jihad of Nonviolence
Author : Salih Sayilgan
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages : 148
Release : 2019-01-21
ISBN 10 : 9781532657573
ISBN 13 : 1532657579
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Islamic Jihad of Nonviolence Book Description:

Today Islam is often associated with violence, more so than other world religions. In the center of this reception of Islam is the concept of jihad, which has been distorted by many. On the one hand, there are some Muslims who take jihad as a reference point for their violent crimes against innocent people. On the other hand, the concept is intentionally used to promote fear against Islam and its adherents. This study challenges these presentations of jihad by exploring the late Muslim theologian Said Nursi's jihad of nonviolence. The book shows how Nursi's teaching concerning nonviolent struggle, reconciliation, and religious tolerance has much in common with Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, as well as Martin Luther King Jr.

Understanding Sharia

Understanding Sharia
Author : Raficq S. Abdulla
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages : 352
Release : 2018-04-30
ISBN 10 : 9781786734051
ISBN 13 : 1786734052
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Sharia Book Description:

I.B.Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies Sharia has been a source of misunderstanding and misconception in both the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds. Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World sets out to explore the reality of sharia, contextualising its development in the early centuries of Islam and showing how it evolved in line with historical and social circumstances. The authors, Raficq S. Abdulla and Mohamed M. Keshavjee, both British-trained lawyers, argue that sharia and the positive law flowing from it, known as fiqh, have never been an exclusive legal system or a fixed set of beliefs. In addition to tracing the history of sharia, the book offers a critique concerning its status today. Sharia is examined with regard to particular issues that are of paramount importance in the contemporary world, such as human rights; criminal penalties, including those dealing with apostasy, blasphemy and adultery, commercial transactions, and bio-medical ethics, amongst other subjects. The authors show that sharia is a legal system underpinned by ethical principles that are open to change in different circumstances and contexts, notwithstanding the claims for `transcendental permanence' made by Islamists. This book encourages new thinking about the history of sharia and its role in the modern world.

Islamic Revivalism and Politics in Malaysia

Islamic Revivalism and Politics in Malaysia
Author : Bob Olivier
Publisher : Springer Nature
Total Pages : 286
Release : 2019-11-21
ISBN 10 : 9789811508820
ISBN 13 : 9811508828
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islamic Revivalism and Politics in Malaysia Book Description:

This book describes the Islamisation process that has unfolded in Malaysia over the last fifty years and provides feedback from in-depth interviews with 100 individuals from Malaysia’s “educated classes”, or the “elite”, regarding their reactions to the changes that have accompanied Islamisation and how they feel it has impacted them. It includes a brief overview of Islamisation globally and a brief history of Malaysia, focusing especially on those aspects relevant to the book’s subject. The book gives a comprehensive explanation of how and why Islamisation occurred in Malaysia and illustrates the extent of change that has accompanied it. The feedback from the research participants includes special analysis of reactions from Muslim women and non-Muslims. The reasons behind there being so little public debate about Islamisation and the concerns that this group of people have about what is happening is also explained. Finally, the author gives his opinion on the impact the change in government in May 2019 is likely to have.