Islam and the Challenge of Civilization

Islam and the Challenge of Civilization

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qThis is the perfect handbook for deepening our understanding of both the incredible richness through time and the paradoxical present obtuseness of Islamic culture. Meddeb achieves this feat--how clear knowledge can disarm belligerent interpretations of a paradoxical faith--through his elegant and polyphonic use of Qu'ranic exegesis, advanced literary poetics, and a strong sense of democratic citizen politics, all of which are informed by a profound cosmopolitanism able to simultaneously draw on Ibn Arabi's eclectic sufism and Voltaire's secular intellect, among many other sources. A necessary exploration, a must read.q--Pierre Joris, author of The University of California Book of North African Literature qIt is more urgent than ever to allow a voice such as Meddeb's to be heard, the voice of an Arab intellectual familiar with both Muslim civilization and Western culture. In this--and thanks to his immense knowledge and open-mindedness--he is a precious translator capable of seeing both sides at the same time.q--Marcel Henaff q. . . an important contribution to knowledge because it gives eloquent voice to a modern Muslim thinker who rejects the narrow legalism of the Wahhabi tradition of Saudi Arabia or the Puritanism of the Egyptian Muslim Brethren.q--Patrick J. Ryan S.J., Fordham University.The first of the references used by Obama to exemplify his point comes from the Mi a#39;raj, the story that tells of the ... the same level as the Talmud and the Bible, thereby granting ethical credit to the Koran with respect to Judeo-Christian scripture.

Title:Islam and the Challenge of Civilization
Author:Abdelwahab Meddeb, Jane Kuntz
Publisher:Fordham Univ Press - 2013-06-03


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