Islam in the Modern World Challenged by the West, Threatened by Fundamentalism, Keeping Faith with Tradition

ISBN-10: 006190581X
ISBN-13: 9780061905810
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List price: $26.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

As Muslims grow in numbers, and as Islam's role in world affairs becomes larger, we've begun to see the breakdown of unity among believers. The misunderstandings and friction between Islamic civilization and the modern West continue, but even within Islam, Iran's clerics are split, militant fundamentalists clash with students from Islamic universities, and moderate Muslim-Americans think nothing like Wahhabis from Saudi Arabia. Islam seems to be at war with itself. Extremist factions whose angry rhetoric currently shapes our fears and prejudices have attempted to co-opt the Islamic faith. In Islam in the Modern World, one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the United States takes that faith back, describing and defending traditional Islam against all critics—without and within the faith.This book deals with the hot-button issues of concern to the West:holy warswomen's roles in Islamthe rise of fundamentalismthe future of Shi‘ism in IranAdditionally, the author explores lesser-known controversies within Islam, such as the challenge of modern science to religious belief, controversial art and architecture in Islamic cities, the role of the madrassas in education, and urban conditions and challenges in the Islamic world. Islam in the Modern World offers an inside look at this increasingly factious religion with increasing global relevance.

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Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
Prologue: What Is Traditional Islam?
Contentious Issues Debated in Islamic Circles Today
Islam in the Present-Day Islamic World An Overview
Jihad Its Spiritual Significance
Islamic Work Ethics
The Male and the Female in the Islamic Perspective Remembering Certain Basic Principles
Traditional Twelve-Imam Shi'ism and the Reality of Sht'ism Today
Traditional Islam and Modernism
Islamic Spirituality
Reflections on Conditions Today and Prospects for Tomorrow
"Development" in the Contemporary Islamic World
Tensions Between Tradition, Modernism, and "Fundamentalism"
Education
Islamic Education, Philosophy, and Science A Survey in Light of Present-Day Challenges
Islamic Philosophers' Views on Education
Philosophy and Science
Teaching Philosophy in Light of the Islamic Educational Ethos
Traditional Islamic Science and Western Science Common Heritage, Diverse Destinies
Art and Architecture
Islamic Art and Its Spiritual Significance in the Contemporary World
The Architectural Transformation of the Urban Environment in the Islamic World
The Principles of Islamic Architecture and Urban Design, and Contemporary Urban Problems
Postscript
The Islamic World Present Tendencies and Future Trends
Appendices
The Traditional Texts Used in the Persian Madrasahs and the Question of the Revival of Traditional Islamic Education
Philosophy in the Present-Day Islamic World
Western Interpreters of the Islamic Tradition Academic Scholars
In Commemoration of Louis Massignon: Catholic Scholar, Islamicist, and Mystic
Henry Corbin: The Life and Works of the Occidental Exile in Quest of the Orient of Light
Islam and Some of the Major Western Traditionalists
Ren� Gu�non and His Influence in the Islamic World
Frithjof Schuon and the Islamic Tradition
With Titus Burckhardt at the Tomb of Muhyi al-Din ibn 'Arabi
Martin Lings and His Islamic Legacy
Credits
Notes
Index

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