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Thinking Between Islam and the West

The Thoughts of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Bassam Tibi and Tariq Ramadan

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Chi-Chung (Andy) Yu

In this book, the author assesses the social vision of three western Muslim intellectuals, Seyyed H. Nasr, Bassam Tibi and Tariq Ramadan. He finds that the thoughts of Nasr and his students promote a kind of tradition-based society, which is in harmony with the Divine Law in Islam and a hierarchical structure of society. The thoughts of Tibi advocate the concept of Euro-Islam, which tries to rationalize Islam and renders it a personal religion in the private domain. Finally, the thoughts of Ramadan emphasize a communicative society, in which dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims on public affairs is crucial. The author tries to understand how these three social orders can complement each other. He compares and contrasts their ideas in order to show that modern Islamic thought is not monolithic but pluralistic, and that they present different social visions for Islam in the West. However, Muslims are often labelled as a minority group and so implicitly excluded from being part of the West: the thoughts of Muslim writers help reflect this problem. The author maintains that these Muslim intellectuals in the West should be fully recognized as western intellectuals.

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9/11 2, 5, 32, 33, 53, 110, 213, 235, 237 Abduh, Muhammad viii, 66, 109, 123, 132, 146, 148, 151 Absolutism 90, 97, 99, 104, 108, 134 Abu-Rabi I. M. 147 Adorno, Theodor 88, 91, 96, 97, 98, 100 Ahmed, A. S. 53 Akram, E. 74, 76, 77, 81 Al-Afghani, Jamal al-Din viii, xiii, 66, 109, 123, 132, 141, 146, 147, 151 Al-Alawi, Ahmad 40 Al-Azmeh, A. 9, 116, 222 Al-Banna, Hasan xii, xiii, xv, 140, 141, 143, 151 Al-Farabi, Abu Nasr 127 Al-Faruqi, I. 6 al-hall al-Islami 112 Al-Jabri, Mohammed x Allah xv, 46, 57, 76, 115 al-nafs 157 Al-Qadir, Abd 75 Al-Qaradawi, Yusuf xv, 174, 183, 184, 188 al-salaf al-Salih 145, 148 Al-Zaydi, Mshari vii ancilla theologiae 239 Anti-tradition 36, 52, 65–9, 81 aqida 157, 160 Aquinas, Thomas 239 Arab nationalism 90, 106–9, 121, 124 Aristocracy 70, 227 Arkoun, Mohammed 10, 182–3, 241 Asad, Talal 209–10 Aslan, Adnan 6, 32 Authenticity ix–x, 5, 91, 112, 120, 124–5, 128, 132, 217, 222–6 ayat 153 Bacon, Francis 24, 177 Barrett, William 18 Baudelaire, Charles 14 Bell, Daniel 98, 99 Benedict XVI, Pope 143, 216, 235 Berlin, Isaiah 19 Berman, M. 14 Bin Laden, Osama 75 Blair, Tony 143 Boroujerdi, M. 29 Bucaille, Maurice 6 Buddhism 47, 48, 58 Bull, Hedley 104, 123 Burckhardt, Titus 36 Bureaucracy 92, 94 Capitalism 92–4, 242 Christian Democratic Union (CDU) 216 Christianity 2, 25, 47, 72, 136, 200, 216, 238, 239, 240 Civic Ethics 200 Civil Islam...

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