Islam in the Modern World

Islam in the Modern World

Challenged by the West, Threatened by Fundamentalism, Keeping Faith With Tradition

Book - 2010
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"As Muslims grow in numbers, and as Islam's role in world affairs becomes larger, we've begun to see the breakdown in a united fellowship among believers. Certainly the misunderstandings and friction between Islamic civilization and the modern West continue. But even within Islam, Iran's clerics are split, militant fundamentalists clash with students from Islamic universities, moderate Muslim-Americans look nothing like wahhabis from Saudi Arabia. Islam seems to be at war with itself. Extremist factions whose self-righteous rhetoric currently shapes our fears and prejudices have attempted to co-opt the Islamic faith. In Islam in the Modern World, one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the United States takes that faith back, describing and defending traditional Islam against all critics-without and within the faith. Increasingly relevant in today's world, this book hits all the hot button issues of current political concern to the West: holy wars, women's roles in Islam, the rise of fundamentalism, and the future of Shi'ism in Iran. In addition, the author explores lesser-known controversies within Islam, such as the challenge of modern science to religious belief, controversial art and architecture in Islamic cities, the role of the madrassas in education, and urban conditions and challenges in the Islamic world. Islam in the Modern World offers a steady guide through an increasingly factious religion with increasing global relevance"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061905803
0061905801
Branch Call Number: 297.09051 NASR
Characteristics: xxi, 472 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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