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Islam in Transition

Muslim Perspectives

Second Edition

Edited by John J. Donohue and John L. Esposito

Publication Date - 09 February 2006

ISBN: 9780195174311

528 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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9/11 and continued acts of global terrorism have challenged the understanding of academic experts, policymakers, and students, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Critical questions have been raised about Islam and Muslim politics in the modern world: Are Islam and modernity compatible? Is Islam in need of and capable of reform? What do Islam and what do Muslims have to say about globalization, democracy, human rights, women, jihad, violence, terrorism, and suicide bombing?
Thoroughly revised and updated in this second edition, Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives responds to these and other questions, taking into account the myriad of changes and challenges that Islam and Muslims have experienced over the last twenty years. Featuring numerous contemporary writings, fifty percent of which are new to this edition, it provides a point of entry into the various and changing dynamics of Muslim discourse and politics. This volume also bridges the nineteenth and the twenty-first centuries by retaining relevant classic selections from the first edition--by a diverse group of contributors from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the U.S.--that offer historical background.
Ideal for courses on Islam, politics in Islam, and Middle Eastern history, Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives, Second Edition, presents a wide range of viewpoints from a cross-section of Muslim intellectuals and religious leaders, from secular to devout, traditionalist to reformist, and moderate to extremist. The essays address key issues including Islam and nationalism, socialism, the secular state, economics, modernization, democracy, women, jihad, violence, terrorism, suicide bombing, globalization, and civilizational dialogue.

Previous Publication Date(s)

February 1982


Advance Praise: "Islam in Transition includes a wide range of opinions written by Muslim intellectuals over two centuries, undercutting students' stereotypes of Islam as a monolithic religion. The book is both comprehensive and diverse--chronologically, geographically, and intellectually. Islam in Transition . . . fills a void--although there are many primary source readers instructors can use for courses on Islam and Islamic Civilization, there are not many readers in print for courses on the modern Middle East."--Corrine Blake, Rowan University

"The best thing about this book is that it covers a wide range of modern Muslim thinkers and allows them to speak for themselves. I know of no other book like it."--Jamal J. Elias, Amherst College

Table of Contents

    *=New to this edition
    Introduction: Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives
    Rifaa Badawi Rafi al-Tahtawi: Fatherland and Patriotism
    Sayyid Jamal al-Din al-Afghani: An Islamic Response to Imperialism
    Sayyid Jamal al-Din al-Afghani: Islamic Solidarity
    Shaykh Muhammad Abduh: Islam, Reason, and Civilization
    Ali Abd al-Raziq: The Caliphate and the Bases of Power
    Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan: India and English Government
    Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan: Islam: The Religion of Reason and Nature
    Islam and Nationalism
    Rashid Rida: Patriotism, Nationalism, and Group Spirit in Islam
    Amir Shakib Arslan: Our Decline and Its Causes
    Sati al-Husri: Muslim Unity and Arab Unity
    Taha Husayn: The Future of Culture in Egypt
    Hasan al-Banna: The New Renaissance
    Abd al-Rahman al-Bazzaz: Islam and Arab Nationalism
    Muhammad Iqbal: A Separate Muslim State in the Subcontinent
    Abu-l-Ala Mawdudi: Nationalism and Islam
    Islam and Socialism
    Shaykh Mahmud Shaltut: Socialism and Islam
    Muammar al-Qadhdhafi: The Third Way
    Michel Aflaq: The Arab Personality Between Past and Present
    Sadiq al-Azm: A Criticism of Religious Thought
    Mustafa Sibai: Islamic Socialism
    Sayid Qutb: Social Justice in Islam
    The National Charter of the Algerian Popular Democratic Republic: Islam and the Socialist Revolution
    A.K. Brohi: The Concept of Islamic Socialism
    Islam in the Contemporary Secular State
    Abdallah Laroui: Contemporary Arab Ideology
    Hichem Djait: Islam, Reform, and the New Arab Man
    Mustafa Mahmud: Islam vs. Marxism and Capitalism
    Mushir ul-Haq: Islam in Secular India
    * Asghar Ali Engineer: Islam and Secularism
    Modernization of Islamic Law
    Subhi Mahmasani: Adaptation of Islamic Jurisprudence to Modern Social Needs
    Asaf A.A. Fyzee: The Reinterpretation of Islam
    * Amina Wadud: Rights and Roles of Woman
    * Ahmed Zaki Yamani: The Political Competence of Women in Islamic Law
    * Muhammad Said al-Ashmawi: Reforming Islam and Islamic Law
    * Heba Raouf Ezzat: On the Future of Women and Politics in the Arab World
    * Sisters in Islam: Chronology of a Struggle for Equal Rights
    Reform of Islamic Law: The Changing Status of Women and the Family
    The Debate over Family Law Reform in Pakistan: The Modernist Majority Report
    The Debate over Family Law Reform in Pakistan: The Minority Report
    * Fatwa: The Islamic Veil (Hijab)
    * Fatwas: Bio-ethics
    * Fatwas: Human Procreation
    Islam and Economics
    Ayatullah Mahmud Taliqani: The Characteristics of Islamic Economics
    Khurshid Ahmad: Islam and the Challenge of Economic Development
    M. Umar Chapra: The Islamic Welfare State
    * Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr: The Psychological Role of Islam in Economic Development
    Islam and Democracy
    Abu-l-Ala Mawdudi: Political Theory of Islam
    * Rachid Ghannouchi: The Participation of Islamists in a Non-Islamic Government
    * Muhammad Salim Al-Awa: Political Pluralism from an Islamic Perspective
    * Fathi Osman: Shura and Democracy
    * Murad Hofmann: Democracy or Shuracracy
    * Abdulaziz Sachedina: Why Democracy, and Why Now?
    * Abdolkarim Soroush: Tolerance and Governance: A Discourse on Religion and Democracy
    * Abid Ullah Jan: Compatibility: Neither Required nor an Issue
    Islam and the West: Clash and Dialogue
    * Ayatullah Ruhullah Khumayni: Islamic Government
    * Anwar Ibrahim: The Need for Civilizational Dialogue
    * Abdallah Laroui: The Crisis of the Arab Intellectual: Traditionalism or Historicism?
    * Muhammad Shahrur: Islamic Culture in Danger
    * Ali Shariati: On Martyrdom (Shahadat)
    * Ayatollah Mohammad Khatami: Dialogue Between East and West
    * Seyyed Hossein Nasr: Reflections on Islam and the West: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    * T.J. Winter: The Poverty of Fanaticism
    Jihad Defined and Redefined
    * Sherman Jackson: Jihad and the Modern World
    * Sayyid Qutb: Jihad in the Cause of God
    * Muhammad Abdel Salam al-Farag: The Forgotten Duty
    * Abdullah al-Azzam: Join the Caravan
    * Osama Bin Laden: Text of Fatwa Urging Jihad Against Americans
    * HAMAS: The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement HAMAS
    * Shaikh Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din: On the Political Utility of Using Armed Violence
    * Sayyid Muhammad Husain Fadlallah: We Must Think Before We Act; September 11 Was a Gift to the U.S. Administration
    Khaled Abou El Fadl: Islam and Violence: Our Forgotten Legacy
    * Fatwa: Jihad
    * Fatwa: Terrorism
    * Fatwas: Suicide Bombings and Martyrdom
    Global Voices: Issues of Identity
    * Tariq Ramadan: The Arab World and the Muslims Faced with Their Contradictions
    * Osman Bakar: Islam and the Malay Civilizational Identity: Tension and Harmony Between Ethnicity and Religiosity
    * Nurcholish Madjid: Islamic Faith and the Problem of Pluralism: Relations Among the Believers
    * Muqtedar Khan: Reason and Individual Reasoning
    * Ali A. Mazrui: Human History as Divine Revelation: A Dialogue