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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.

BIC Classifications

  • Humanities (H)
    • Philosophy (HP)
      • Social & political philosophy (HPS)
    • Religion & beliefs (HR)
      • Religion: general (HRA)
        • Philosophy of religion (HRAB)
        • Religious issues & debates (HRAM)
          • Religious ethics (HRAM1)
      • Islam (HRH)
        • Islamic life & practice (HRHP)

BISAC Classifications

  • Philosophy (PHI)
    • PHILOSOPHY / Religious (PHI022000)
  • Religion (REL)
    • RELIGION / Christian Church / Canon & Ecclesiastical Law (REL008000)
    • RELIGION / Islam / General (REL037000)
    • RELIGION / Philosophy (REL051000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Philosophy & Religion (Q)
    • Philosophy (QD)
      • Topics in philosophy (QDT)
        • Social & political philosophy (QDTS)
    • Religion & beliefs (QR)
      • Religion: general (QRA)
        • Philosophy of religion (QRAB)
        • Religious issues & debates (QRAM)
          • Religious ethics (QRAM1)
      • Islam (QRP)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999 (3MP)
      • 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100 (3MR)