Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam

Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam : The Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush

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Abdolkarim Soroush has emerged as one of the leading moderate revisionist thinkers of the Muslim world. He and his contemporaries in other Muslim countries are shaping what may become Islam's equivalent of the Christian Reformation: a period of questioning traditional practices and beliefs and, ultimately, of upheaval. Presenting eleven of his essays, this volume makes Soroush's thought readily available in English for the first time. The essays set forth his views on such matters as the freedom of Muslims to interpret the Qur'an, the inevitability of change in religion, the necessity of freedom of belief, and the compatibility of Islam and democracy. Throughout, Soroush emphasizes the rights of individuals in their relationship with both government and God, explaining that the ideal Islamic state can only be defined by the beliefs and will of the majority.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195158202
  • 9780195158205
  • 1,015,069

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"Penetrating and coherent."-Foreign Affairs "This selection of his writings reveals a genuinely liberal intellect rooted in Soroush's Iranian and Islamic culture but at home with Western thought, toward which he is neither aggressive nor apologetically defensive."-Foreign Affairs
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About Abdolkarim Soroush

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Mahmoud Sadri is Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas Women's University.

Ahmad Sadri is Associate Professor of Sociology at Lake Forest College.
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