Islams and modernities /
Aziz Al-Azmeh.
2nd ed.
London ; New York : Verso, 1996.
viii, 197 p.
1859841066 (pbk.)
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London ; New York : Verso, 1996.
1859841066 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Main Description
Challenging the similarly romantic, ahistoric and irreconcilable notions of Islamic and Western cultures, this book cuts through conventional wisdom and common cliches to highlight the plurality and historicity of both. For Aziz Al-Azmeh, the Orientalist and racist view of Islam is nothing but the mirror-image of the myths propagated by the Islamic fundamentalists an radicals. In this book he demonstrates both views share an erroneous and an historical conception of Islam as an unchanging and monolithic entity. Moreover, this analysis dissects the mutual implication of both the dominant Western discourse and its supposed primary opponent, postmodernism, in this form of essentialism. There is no one, homogeneous Islam, and this book highlights the diversity and plurality of forms of the Muslim tradition, seeking to understand historically the phenomenon of fundamentalism, amongst other strands, as a profoundly modern ideology. Challenging the stereotypes and legends of both its opponents and proponents, the book traces how political Islam breaks with core elements of the Muslim tradition and, at the same time, roots many of its concepts in European reactionary and romantic thought. This edition is expanded to include further studies of the role of the secular and the popular in Islamic societies. Aziz Al-Azmeh is the author of "Arabic Thought and Islamic Societies," "Ibn Khaldun" and" Muslim Kingship."
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Aziz Al-Azmeh examines the relationship between Islam and the West in this revised edition.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Muslim "Culture" and the European Tribep. 1
Culturalism, Grand Narrative of Capitalism Exultantp. 17
The Religious and the Secular in Contemporary Arab Lifep. 41
Islamism and the Arabsp. 59
The Discourse of Cultural Authenticity: Islamist Revivalism and Enlightenment Universalismp. 80
Muslim Modernism and the Canonical Textp. 101
Utopia and Islamic Political Thoughtp. 128
Wahhabite Polityp. 143
Islamic Studies and the European imaginationp. 161
Indexp. 185
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