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Contemporary Debates in Islam

An Anthology of Modernist and Fundamentalist Thought

  • Editors
  • Mansoor Moaddel
  • Kamran Talattof

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

  3. Islamic Modernism

    1. Jurisprudence, Rational Sciences, and Differentiation of Knowledge

      1. Sayyid Jamal al-Din al-Afghani
        Pages 23-28
      2. Moulavi Chiragh Ali
        Pages 29-34
      3. Muhammad Abduh
        Pages 41-43
      4. Muhammad Abduh
        Pages 45-51
      5. ‘Allama Shibli Nu‘mani
        Pages 53-69
    2. Islam and Politics

      1. Moulavi Chiragh Ali
        Pages 71-94
      2. Ah Abd al-Raziq
        Pages 95-100
      3. Sayyid Ahmad Khan
        Pages 109-121
    3. Islam And Western Civilization

      1. Anonymous Mu‘Tazilite Muslim
        Pages 123-134
      2. Muhammad Farid Wajdi
        Pages 135-143
    4. Islamic Modernism and the Issue of Women

      1. Moulavi Chiragh Ali
        Pages 145-157
      2. Sayyid Ahmad Khan
        Pages 159-161
      3. Qasim Amin
        Pages 163-181
    5. Style of Living

      1. Sayyid Ahmad Khan
        Pages 183-185
      2. Sayyid Ahmad Khan
        Pages 187-188
      3. Rifa‘ah Rifa al-Tahtawi
        Pages 189-196

About this book


Also available in paperback as "Modernist and Fundamentalist Debates in Islam"During the second half of the nineteenth century, a group of prominent Muslim theologians began to critically examine classical conceptions and methods of jurisprudence and devised a new approach to Islamic theology. This new approach was nothing short of an outright rebellion against Islamic orthodoxy, displaying an astonishing compatibility with nineteenth century Enlightenment-era thought. In the 20th century this modernist movement declined, to be replaced by another cultural episode, characterized by the growing power of Islamic fundamentalism. This volume looks at these two very different approaches to Islam. The editors have selected the most prominent Islamic thinkers of modernist and fundamentalist viewpoints, diverse nationalities, and from both the late decades of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the 20th century. The writers discuss their own views with regard to such issues as philosophical and political perceptions of democracy, the state, the history of Islam, women's rights, personal lifestyle, education, and the West.


bibliography history Iran Islam methods religion religious studies Ritual society theology

About the authors

Mansoor Moaddel is a Professor in the Near East Studies Department at Princeton University.

Kamran Talattof is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology at Eastern Michigan University.

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