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And God knows the soldiers : the authoritative and authoritarian in Islamic discourses

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©2001.
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This is a substantially expanded edition of the author's seminal work "The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses: A Contemporary Case Study". Beginning with the case study of a Muslim basketball player who refused to stand up while the American national anthem was playing, the author documents the disintegration of the Islamic juristic tradition, and the prevalence of authoritarianism in contemporary  Read more...
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Abou El Fadl, Khaled, 1963-
And God knows the soldiers.
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©2001
(OCoLC)988773068
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Khaled Abou El Fadl
ISBN: 0761820841 9780761820840 0761820833 9780761820833
OCLC Number: 47136571
Notes: Revised edition of: The authoritative and authoritarian in Islamic discourses. 1997.
Description: vii, 204 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The short legacy of a short book : justification and confession --
The problem of authority : an anecdotal experience --
The text and authority : a case study --
The case study : the fatwā --
The construction of the authoritarian --
Publication afterthoughts. Authority and the determination of meaning : one God, and one meaning ; Choosing a case study : pick on someone your own size ; Raising the bar : are we going to need a jurist to go to the toilet? ; The modern dynamics and the Islamic legal tradition ; Lecherous suspicions : do you dare question the ḥijāb? ; Is morality a bad word? --
Appendix --
Glossary of terms.
Responsibility: Khaled M. Abou El Fadl.

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This is a substantially expanded edition of the author's seminal work "The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses: A Contemporary Case Study". Beginning with the case study of a Muslim basketball player who refused to stand up while the American national anthem was playing, the author documents the disintegration of the Islamic juristic tradition, and the prevalence of authoritarianism in contemporary Muslim discourses. The author analyzes the rise of what he describes as puritan and despotic trends in modern Islam, and asserts that such trends nullify the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition. By declaring themselves the true soldiers of God and the defenders of religion, Muslim puritan movements are able to degrade women, eradicate critical thinking, and empty Islam of its moral content. In effect, the author argues, the self-declared protectors of Islam become its despots and oppressors who suppress the dynamism and vigor of the Islamic message. Anchoring himself in the rich Islamic jurisprudential tradition, the author argues for upholding the authoritativeness of the religious text without succumbing to authoritarian methodologies of interpretation. Ultimately, the author asserts that in order to respect the integrity of the Divine laws it is necessary to adopt rigorous analytical methodologies of interpretation, and to re-investigate the place of morality in modern Islam.

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