Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity

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Islamic Foundation, 2001 - Religion - 352 pages
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Tariq Ramadan attempts to demonstrate, using sources which draw upon Islamic thought and civilization, that Muslims can respond to contemporary challenges of modernity without betraying their identity. The book argues that Muslims, nurished by their own points of reference, can approach the modern epoch by adopting a specific social, political, and economic model that is linked to ethical values, a sense of finalities and spirituality. Rather than a modernism that tends to impose Westernization, it is amodernity that admits to the pluralism of civilizations, religions, and cultures.

Table of Contents:
History of a Concept
The Lessons of History
Part 1: At the shores of Transcendence: between God and Man
Part 2: The Horizons of Islam: Between Man and the Community
Part 3: Values and Finalities: The Cultural Dimension of the Civilizational Face to Face

Tariq Ramadan is a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford and a visiting professor in Identity and Citizenship at Erasmus University. He was named byTIME Magazine as one of the one hundred innovators of the twenty-first century.

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Tariq Ramadan teaches philosophy and Islamic Studies at the University of Fryeburg (Switzerland). He has been engaged in the debate about the place and situation of Muslims in the West, and he regularly contributes to reflections on the 'awakening of Islam' in Muslim majority societies.

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