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Islam in retrospect : recovering the message

Author: Māhir Maḥmaṣānī
Publisher: Northampton, MA : Olive Branch Press, an imprint of Interlink Pub. Group, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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Renewing our understanding of Islam in today's world. Islam, in many of its current guises, no longer resembles its original Message. In a world of intractable conflicts plagued by political Islam and Islamophobiaand where other forms of fundamentalism within the major religious creeds are on the rise, as wellthis book serves as a reminder. It aims to recover and reaffirm Islams underlying and guiding principles.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Māhir Maḥmaṣānī
ISBN: 9781566569224 1566569222
OCLC Number: 881064844
Description: 793 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Islam did not appear in a vacuum --
2. The holy Qur'an as the essential source of Islam --
3. The nature and role of prophetic tradition --
4. The scope of the universal nature of Islam: issues of interpretation --
5. Defining secularism --
6. Divine governance and human government --
7. The evolution of the Islamic state --
8. Islam and the myth of a divine theory of state --
9. Islam and Shari'a --
10. Humanism and individualism in Islam --
11. The concept and scope of progressivism in Islam --
12. Islam and the mind --
13. Islam and "others" --
14. The right to equality --
15. The right to freedom --
16. Reflections on human rights in Islam --
Conclusion: Recovering the message: reforming our perception of God --
Notes --
Glossary --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: by Maher S. Mahmassani.

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Renewing our understanding of Islam in today's world. Islam, in many of its current guises, no longer resembles its original Message. In a world of intractable conflicts plagued by political Islam and Islamophobiaand where other forms of fundamentalism within the major religious creeds are on the rise, as wellthis book serves as a reminder. It aims to recover and reaffirm Islams underlying and guiding principles. Setting out to distinguish the divine from the human in order to elucidate the pristine nature of the divine Message, Mahmassani reasserts Islams universal, secular, and progressive character.

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