Islam and the Challenge of Civilization by Abdelwahab Meddeb,Jane Kuntz

By Abdelwahab Meddeb,Jane Kuntz

Abdelwahab Meddeb makes an pressing case for an Islamic reformation, positioned squarely in Western Europe, now domestic to hundreds of thousands of Muslims, the place Christianity and Judaism have come to coexist with secular humanism and positivist legislation. he's not advocating “moderate” Islam, which he characterizes as thinly disguised Wahabism, yet fairly an Islam encouraged through the good Sufi thinkers, whose perform of faith was once no longer certain via doctrine.

To accomplish this, Meddeb returns to the doctrinal query of the textual content as transcription of the uncreated be aware of God and calls upon Muslims to tell apart among Islam’s non secular message and the temporal, fabric, and traditionally grounded origins of its founding scriptures. He contrasts classes of Islamic history—when philosophers and theologians engaged in vigorous discussion with different faiths and civilizations and contributed to transmitting the Hellenistic culture to early sleek Europe—with glossy Islam’s collective amnesia of this earlier. Meddeb wages a warfare of interpretations during this booklet, in his try to display that Muslims can't sign up for the live performance of countries until they put aside outdated notions comparable to jihad and notice that feuding one of the monotheisms needs to cave in to the extra vital factor of what it capability to be a citizen in today’s postreligious international setting.

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