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The great theft : wrestling Islam from the extremists

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperOne, 2007, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st HarperCollins pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Despite President George W. Bush's assurances that Islam is a peaceful religion and that all good Muslims hunger for democracy, confusion persists and far too many Westerners remain convinced that Muslims and terrorists are synonymous." "In The Great Theft, Khaled Abou El Fadl, one of the world's preeminent Islamic scholars, argues that Islam is currently passing through a transformative period no less dramatic than  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Khaled Abou El Fadl
ISBN: 9780061189036 0061189030
OCLC Number: 232273528
Description: 322 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Islam torn between extremism and moderation --
The roots of the problem --
The rise of the early puritans --
The story of contemporary puritans --
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.
Responsibility: Khaled Abou El Fadl.

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"The Great Theft is probably the most dramatic manifesto from an American Muslim since the September 11 attacks." -- Associated Press "Those looking for an understanding of the Muslim world and its Read more...

 
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