The Thoughts of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Bassam Tibi and Tariq Ramadan
Chapter 2: Seyyed H. Nasr, Traditional Islam and the Return to the Sacred
Chapter 2 Seyyed H. Nasr, Traditional Islam and the Return to the Sacred Introduction Having reviewed the concept of modernity, I now focus attention on three Western Muslim intellectuals, Seyyed H. Nasr, Bassam Tibi and Tariq Ramadan. In the following chapters I will examine and evaluate their thought and articulate and highlight their intellectual contribution to Islam in the West. In this chapter, the focus is on Nasr. The starting point for Nasr is the concept of tradition, since he emphasizes and frequently employs this con- cept in response to modernism, and his idea of tradition is primarily moral and religious. The main purpose of this chapter is to extend his concept of tradition in the social and public domain. Therefore, I shall not examine Nasr’s thought on topics such as sacred science and religious pluralism, something which has been done by many other scholars (see the intellec- tual biography below), though we will come across them in the course of the study. My focus, rather, is on the social implications of Traditionalism or Traditional Islam. Moreover, compared with studies of the ideas about Islam of the other two thinkers (Tibi and Ramadan), presentation of the ideas of Nasr is not new, but exploration of the social implications of these ideas is. Therefore, in the case of Tibi and Ramadan my study is mainly based on their primary sources, while in the case of Nasr my approach is based on the development from the ‘known’ (Traditionalism) to the ‘unknown’ (its...
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