Reformist Voices of Islam: Mediating Islam and Modernity

Reformist Voices of Islam: Mediating Islam and Modernity : Mediating Islam and Modernity

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In recent years, Islamic fundamentalist, revolutionary, and jihadist movements have overshadowed more moderate and reformist voices and trends within Islam. This compelling volume introduces the current generation of reformist thinkers and activists, the intellectual traditions they carry on, and the reasons for the failure of reformist movements to sustain broad support in the Islamic world today. Richly detailed regionally focused chapters cover Iran, the Arab East, the Maghreb, South Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Europe, and North America. The editor's introductory chapter traces the roots of reformist thinking both in Islamic tradition and as a response to the challenge of modernity for Muslims struggling to reconcile the requirements of modernization with their cultural and religious values. The concluding chapter identifies commonalities, comparisons, and trends in the modernizing movements.
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  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 476g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, name index
  • 0765622394
  • 9780765622396
  • 1,499,846

Table of contents

1. Islamic Reformist Discourse in Iran; Shireen T. Hunter; 2. Reformist and Moderate Voices of Islam in the Arab East; Hassan Hanafi; 3. Reformist Islamic Thinkers in the Maghreb; Yahia Zoubir; 4. Islamic Modernist and Reformist Discourse in South Asia; Riffat Hassan; 5. Liberal and Progressive Voices in Indonesian Islam; Martin Van Bruinessen; 6. Reformist Muslim Thinkers in Malaysia; Farish Noor; 7. Islamic Reformist Discourses and Intellectuals in Turkey; Recep Senturk; 8. Reformist and Moderate Voices in European Islam; Farhad Khosrokhavar; 9. Voices of Reformist Islam in the United States; Tamara Sonn.
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"Shireen Hunter has thoughtfully and skillfully assembled a group of scholars who demonstrate that the latest currents in Islamic reformism in a number of countries and regions are important instruments of change today. This nuanced and comparative study illuminates the ways in which reformers have reacted to both the adverse effects of modernization and the grand prescriptions some Muslim intellectuals and activists have confidently presented. It also documents the divergence of viewpoints on such signal issues as women's rights and the place of Islamic law. In so doing, it points to the difficulties reformists have had in maintaining their religious credibility and resisting the misguided embrace of the West. These are forceful and critical insights that informed readers will want-and need-to know." - James Piscatori, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University "For those who since 9/11 have asked whether Islam is capable of reform, Shireen Hunter's Reformist Voices of Islam is 'the' book to read. Indeed, anyone who wants to know about Islamic reform, its messengers and messages, will welcome this volume, which brings together eminent experts and Muslim voices of reform." - John L. Esposito, Georgetown University"
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