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The challenge of modernizing Islam : reformers speak out and the obstacles they face

By: Douglass-Williams, Christine
Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Encounter Books, c2017.Description: xiv, 296 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781594039393Subject(s): Reformers -- Islamic countries -- Interviews | Islamic renewal | Islam and politicsDDC classification: 297.09051 DO CH
Summary:
The entire foreign policy and much of the domestic policy of the United States and other Western governments are based on the proposition that the vast majority of Muslims are moderate and peaceful, including those who are emigrating in large numbers to Europe and North America. But as Islamist groups and many mosques radicalize peaceful Muslims and appeal to the teachings of the Koran, Hadith, and Sunnah, it is imperative for moderates and reformists to articulate a vision of Islam and an exegesis of Islamic texts that can withstand the challenge of Islamists and the ulema who have declared the sanctity and immutability of the text. Instead, they must re-establish a firm foundation of Islam that is modernized, genuinely peaceful, tolerant, pluralistic, and compatible with secular governance, the freedom of speech, human rights, and equality.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser -- Raheel Raza -- Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Subhy Mansour -- Dr. Tawfik Hamid -- Dr. Salim Mansur -- Dr Qanta Ahmed -- Dr. Jalal Zuberi -- Shireen Qudosi -- Islam & Islamism-identifying the enemy -- Moderates and reformists -- Problematic Islamic texts -- The Islamophobia deception -- The Israel factor -- Who speaks for Muslims.

The entire foreign policy and much of the domestic policy of the United States and other Western governments are based on the proposition that the vast majority of Muslims are moderate and peaceful, including those who are emigrating in large numbers to Europe and North America. But as Islamist groups and many mosques radicalize peaceful Muslims and appeal to the teachings of the Koran, Hadith, and Sunnah, it is imperative for moderates and reformists to articulate a vision of Islam and an exegesis of Islamic texts that can withstand the challenge of Islamists and the ulema who have declared the sanctity and immutability of the text. Instead, they must re-establish a firm foundation of Islam that is modernized, genuinely peaceful, tolerant, pluralistic, and compatible with secular governance, the freedom of speech, human rights, and equality.

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