An Islamic Reformation?

An Islamic Reformation?

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This book brings together scholars with expertise in modern Islamic thought and practice to evaluate the claim that we are witnessing something tantamount to an 'Islamic Reformation,' by assessing the character and impact of various reformist trends in the Middle East and North Africa. Each chapter also addresses the question of the appropriateness and usefulness of comparisions between 'Christian' and 'Islamic' or 'Western' and 'Eastern' more

Product details

  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 157.5 x 228.6 x 27.9mm | 453.6g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 073910554X
  • 9780739105542

About Michaelle L. Browers

Michaelle Browers is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University. Charles Kurzman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel more

Review quote

An outstanding and timely, original and highly focused analysis of the theories and prospects of an Islamic Reformation - a refreshing, intimate, well-informed and insightful account of the most significant current debates among Muslims everywhere. -- Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Emory University School of Lawshow more

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction: Comparing Reformations Chapter 2 Who Speaks for Islam? Inside the Islamic Reformation Chapter 3 Islam and PoliticalSinn: The Hermeneutics of Contemporary Islamic Reformists Chapter 3 Changes in Modern Islamic Legal Theory: Reform or Reformation Chapter 5 Critics Within: Islamic Scholars' Protests against the Islamic State in Iran Chapter 5 The Politics of Historical Revisionism: New Re-readings of the Early Islamic Period Chapter 6 In Search of the Counter-Reformation: Anti-Sufi Stereotypes and the Budshishiyya's Response Chapter 7 Primitivism as a Radical Response to Religious Crisis: The Anabaptists of Munster in the 1530s and the Taliban of Afghanistan in the 1990s Chapter 8 Islamic Fundamentalism and the Trauma of Modernization: Reflections on Religion and Radical Politics Chapter 10 Conclusion: An Islamic Reformation? Some Afterthoughtsshow more