Rethinking Islam and Modernity

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Essays in Honour of Fathi Osman This book, which originated in a conference held to honor Dr. Fathi Osman, starts with a redefinition of what modernity signifies. Rejecting ideological and ethnocentric definitions of modernity, the contributors depart from the understanding that Islam is already an important component of life in...
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Essays in Honour of Fathi Osman

This book, which originated in a conference held to honor Dr. Fathi Osman, starts with a redefinition of what modernity signifies. Rejecting ideological and ethnocentric definitions of modernity, the contributors depart from the understanding that Islam is already an important component of life in the modern world. The discussion focuses specifically on the moral challenge posed by modernity to Islamic beliefs and thinking, in particular the questions raised by modern thinking and practice in the areas of democracy, human rights and the status of minorities. The contributors approach these questions from different angles, but agree on the need to offer creative but Islamically authentic responses to these challenges. In the process, they challenge some dominant conceptions both within modern and Islamic thinking.

Contents:

1. Of Darwinian Mice and Pavlovian Dogs: A Critique of Western Modernity
by Abdel Wahab M. El Messiri

2. Secularism, Despotism & Democracy: The Legacy of Imperialism
by Rafik Bouchlaka

3. Islam and Human Rights: The Challenge to Muslims and the World
by Fathi Osman

4. Participation of non-Muslims in Government in Contemporary Muslim Societies
by Tarek al-Bechri

5. Non-Muslims in Muslim Society
by Fahmi Huweidi

6. Minorities in the Muslim World and in the West
by Munir Shafiq

7. On the Dilemma of the Islamic Movement: A Political Party or a Reformist Organization?
by Rashid al Ghannoushi

8. The Burden of the Muslim Intellectual: Fathi Osman's Jihad for Human Rights
by Abdel Wahab el Affendi

9. Summary of the Open Debate
by John L. Esposito

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