The Quest for Meaning

The Quest for Meaning : Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism

By (author) Tariq Ramadan

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In "The Quest for Meaning", Tariq Ramadan, philosopher and Islamic scholar, invites the reader to join him on a journey to the deep ocean of religious, secular, and indigenous spiritual traditions to explore the most pressing contemporary issues. Along the way, Ramadan interrogates the concepts that frame current debates including: faith and reason, emotions and spirituality, tradition and modernity, freedom, equality, universality, and civilization. He acknowledges the greatest flashpoints and attempts to bridge divergent paths to a common ground between these religious and intellectual traditions. He calls urgently for a deep and meaningful dialogue that leads us to go beyond tolerant co-existence to mutual respect and enrichment. Written in a both direct and meditative style this is an important, timely and intelligent book that aims to direct and shape debate around the most important questions of our time.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • 29 Feb 2012
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • ALLEN LANE
  • London
  • English
  • 1846141524
  • 9781846141522
  • 422,787

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Tariq Ramadan is a Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at the Lokahi Foundation. Through his writings and lectures he has contributed substantially to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active both at the academic and grassroots levels, lecturing extensively throughout the world on ethics of citizenship, social justice and dialogue between civilizations. A member of many international organizations and steering committees, he is president of the European think-tank the European Muslim Network. His previous books have been translated into many languages. He has been described as one of the 'most important innovators for the twenty-first century' by Time magazine.

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A prophetic, passionate and insightful book. Ramadan's message is urgent: our very survival depends upon our ability to build a harmonious, respectful global community -- Karen Armstrong FT

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