Paper $57.95 ISBN: 9789053568286 Published October 2006 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Reformation of Islamic Thought

A Critical Historical Analysis

Nasr Abû Zayd

Reformation of Islamic Thought
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Nasr Abû Zayd

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256 pages | 6-3/4 x 9-1/2 | © 2006
Paper $57.95 ISBN: 9789053568286 Published October 2006 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
After September 11, Islam became nearly synonymous with fundamentalism in the eyes of Western media and literature. However widely held this view may be, it is at odds with Islam’s rich political history. Renowned Egyptian scholar Nasr Abû Zayd here considers the full breadth of contemporary Muslim writings to examine the diverse political, religious, and cultural views that inform discourse in the Islamic world. 

Reformation of Islamic Thought explores the writings of intellectuals from Egypt to Iran to Indonesia, probing their efforts to expand Islam beyond traditional and legalistic interpretations. Zayd reveals that many Muslim thinkers advocate culturally enlightened Islam with an emphasis on individual faith. He then investigates the extent of these Muslim reformers’ success in generating an authentic renewal of Islamic ideology, asking if such thinkers have escaped the traditionalist trap of presenting a negative image to the West. 

A fascinating and highly relevant study for our times, Reformation of Islamic Thought is an essential analysis of Islam’s present and future.
Preface by the Author
1.  Introduction
2.  The Pre-Colonial Period
2.1  Introduction
2.2  Cultural Diversity
2.3  The Paradigm of Sharia
2.4  Revivalism
2.5  Conclusion
3.  The Nineteenth Century
3.1  Introduction
3.2  The Challenge of Modernity
3.3  Rethinking Consensus:  The Emergence of New Ulama
3.4  Al-Afghani:  The Pioneer of Reformation, Islah
3.5  Rethinking Sunna, Hadith Criticism:  The Emergence of a New Exegesis of the Quran
3.6.  Rethinking the Meaning of the Quran
        3.6.1  Islam and Science
        3.6.2  Islam and Nationalism
3.7  Conclusion
4.  The Twentieth Century
4.1  Introduction
4.2  The Emergence of Political Islam
        4.2.1  Egypt
        4.2.2  Iran and Iraq
        4.2.3  Indonesia
4.3  From Reformation (Islah) to Traditionalism (Salafiyya)
4.4  The issue of the Islamic State
4.5  Politicization of the Quran
4.6  The Intellectual Debate:  The Quran as a Literary Text
4.7  Case 1:  Cultural Islam in Indonesia:  Democracy, Freethinking and Human Rights
4.8  Case 2:  The Islamic State in Iran
4.9  Conclusion
Selected Thinkers on Islam, Sharia, Democracy and Human Rights
5.1  Introduction
5.2  Mohammed Arkoun:  Rethinking Islam
5.3  Abdullah An-Naim:  Sharia and Human Rights
5.4  Riffat Hassan and Others:  Feminist Hermeneutics
5.5  Tariq Ramadan:  European Islam
5.6  Nasr Abu Zayd:  Rethinking Sharia, Democracy, Human Rights, and the Position of Women
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