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Islam in the modern world : challenged by the West, threatened by fundamentalism, keeping faith with tradition

Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"As Muslims grow in numbers, and as Islam's role in world affairs becomes larger, we've begun to see the breakdown in a united fellowship among believers. Certainly 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, moderate Muslim-Americans look nothing  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seyyed Hossein Nasr
ISBN: 9780061905803 0061905801
OCLC Number: 456180618
Description: xxi, 472 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: What is traditional Islam? --
Contentious issues debated in Islamic circles today. Islam in the present-day Islamic world : an overview ; Jihād : its spiritual significance ; Islamic work ethics ; The male and the female in the Islamic perspective : remembering certain basic principles ; Traditional twelve-imam Shīʻism and the reality of Shīʻism 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 --
Appendix I. The traditional tests used in the Persian Madrasahs and the question of the revival of traditional Islamic education --
Appendix II. Philosophy in the present-day Islamic world --
Appendix III. Western interpreters of the Islamic tradition : academic scholars. A, In commemoration of Louis Massignon : Catholic scholar, Islamicist, and mystic ; B, Henry Corbin : the life and works of the Occidental exile in quest of the Orient of Light --
Appendix IV. Islam and some of the major Western traditionalists. A, René Guénon and his influence on the Islamic world ; B, Frithjof Schuon and the Islamic tradition ; C, With Titus Burckhardt at the tomb of Muḥyī al-Dīn ibn ʻArabī ; D, Martin Lings and his Islamic legacy.
Responsibility: Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

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"As Muslims grow in numbers, and as Islam's role in world affairs becomes larger, we've begun to see the breakdown in a united fellowship among believers. Certainly 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, moderate Muslim-Americans look nothing like wahhabis from Saudi Arabia. Islam seems to be at war with itself. Extremist factions whose self-righteous 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. Increasingly relevant in today's world, this book hits all the hot button issues of current political concern to the West: holy wars, women's roles in Islam, the rise of fundamentalism, and the future of Shi'ism in Iran. In addition, 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 a steady guide through an increasingly factious religion with increasing global relevance"--

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