The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism
In this book, sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Abdulaziz Sachedina tackles the most significant issues facing Muslims today. As Islam and Muslims enter the 21st century, Sachedina argues, it is necessary to reopen the doors of religious interpretation - to reexamine and correct false interpretations, replace outdated laws and formulate new doctrines that respond to changing social contexts. Always using the Quran as a yardstick, Sachedina demonstrates how and why Islamic law came to reflect political and social influences, leading to regulations that violate the spirit and the letter of the Quran. He critically analyzes Muslim teachings on issues of pluralism, civil society, war and peace, violence and self-sacrifice, the status and role of non-Muslims, and capital punishment.
- Hardback | 189 pages
- 165.1 x 236.2 x 22.9mm | 362.88g
- 04 Jan 2001
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
A window on the continuing debate among Muslims over the true character of Islam ... carefully argued. * Middle East Journal *