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The malady of Islam

Author: Abdelwahab Meddeb
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2003.
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"Contemporary Islam is infected with a sickness that is cutting it off from the richness of its own tradition and history. In this impassioned, erudite and deeply moving book, Abdelwahab Meddeb traces the genealogy of this malady and at the same time powerfully demonstrates the pluralist tradition at the heart of Islam. In so doing, he dismantles the common misconceptions of both western scholars of Islam and  Read more...
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Meddeb, Abdelwahab.
Malady of Islam.
New York : Basic Books, ©2003
(OCoLC)606982462
Online version:
Meddeb, Abdelwahab.
Malady of Islam.
New York : Basic Books, ©2003
(OCoLC)607761460
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Abdelwahab Meddeb
ISBN: 0465044352 9780465044351
OCLC Number: 51944373
Description: 241 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Islam: inconsolable in its destitution --
A genealogy of fundamentalism --
Fundamentalism against the West --
The Western exclusion of Islam.
Other Titles: Maladie de l'Islam.
Responsibility: Abdelwahab Meddeb ; translated from the French by Pierre Joris and Ann Reid.
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"Contemporary Islam is infected with a sickness that is cutting it off from the richness of its own tradition and history. In this impassioned, erudite and deeply moving book, Abdelwahab Meddeb traces the genealogy of this malady and at the same time powerfully demonstrates the pluralist tradition at the heart of Islam. In so doing, he dismantles the common misconceptions of both western scholars of Islam and Islamic fundamentalists, and offers new paths for engagement between Islam and the West." "Meddeb, born and raised in Tunis, and now living in Paris, approaches the rise of fundamentalism with a wide-ranging intellect that encompasses Voltaire, Nietzsche, Goethe, Kant, as well a deep knowledge of classical Arabic literature and philosophy. He is uniquely positioned to see the damage that has been wrought on both cultures by the alienation between Islam and the West. Meddeb shows us why it is imperative for the West to engage with Islam as a part of the Western tradition, and for Islam to look back, not at the letter of the religious text, but to the polemics, controversies, and debates that nourished Islam when it was at its peak."--Jacket.

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