Great Theft Wrestling Islam from the Extremists

ISBN-10: 0060563397
ISBN-13: 9780060563394
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/4/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The preeminent voice for moderate Muslims, both an Islamic jurist and American lawyer, offers a passionate defense of Islam against the encroaching tide of fundamentalists corrupting the true faith. Books on Islam have proliferated in the marketplace recently, but none have answered the desperate need for a clear articulation of moderate Islam. Khaled Abou El Fadl is uniquely qualified to write this impassioned defense against the threat of Muslim fundamentalism. Seduced by the lure of fundamentalism himself as a teenager in Egypt, he rejected that path once he began studying Islamic law. A longtime feminist and human rights advocate, since 9-11 Abou El Fadl has become increasingly active and outspoken in support of rescuing the Islamic faith from radicals. Embraced by moderate Muslims everywhere as one of the only learned voices defending the faith, he has received death threats from extremists for that very same reason. As quick to criticize the failure of Islamic leadership in the U.S. as abroad, Abou El Fadl remains a brave voice against the pressures and threats of Wahhabi extremism. The Great Theft will present the beliefs and practices of moderate Muslims, and identify the points of difference and disagreement with the fundamentalist-puritan practice of Islam. This book offers a vision for Moderate Islam- past, present, and future. Abou El Fadl is dedicated to providing the tools necessary to help readers reclaim an understanding of Islam that is grounded in the tradition's history and law.

Introduction
The Battleground for Faith
Islam Torn Between Extremism and Moderation
The Roots of the Problem
The Rise of the Early Puritans
The Story of Contemporary Puritans
Charting the Moderate Versus Puritan Divide
What All Muslims Agree Upon
God and the Purpose of Creation
The Nature of Law and Morality
Approaches to History and Modernity
Democracy and Human Rights
Interacting with Non-Muslims and Salvation
Jihad, Warfare, and Terrorism
The Nature and Role of Women
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes

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