The Islamic Enlightenment

The Islamic Enlightenment
Author : Christopher de Bellaigue
Publisher : Vintage
Total Pages : 448
Release : 2018-02-22
ISBN 10 : 0099578700
ISBN 13 : 9780099578703
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Islamic Enlightenment Book Description:

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017 'An eye-opening, well-written and very timely book' Yuval Noah Harari 'The best sort of book for our disordered days: timely, urgent and illuminating' Pankaj Mishra 'It strikes a blow...for common humanity' Sunday Times The Muslim world has often been accused of a failure to modernise and adapt. Yet in this sweeping narrative and provocative retelling of modern history, Christopher de Bellaigue charts the forgotten story of the Islamic Enlightenment - the social movements, reforms and revolutions that transfigured the Middle East from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Modern ideals and practices were embraced across the region, including the adoption of modern medicine, the emergence of women from purdah and the development of democracy. The Islamic Enlightenment looks behind the sensationalist headlines in order to foster a genuine understanding of Islam and its relationship to the West. It is essential reading for anyone engaged in the state of the world today.

The Islamic Enlightenment

The Islamic Enlightenment
Author : Christopher de Bellaigue
Publisher :
Total Pages : 560
Release : 2017-04-04
ISBN 10 : 0871403730
ISBN 13 : 9780871403735
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Islamic Enlightenment Book Description:

A revelatory and game-changing narrative that rewrites everything we thought we knew about the modern history of the Islamic world.

Islam and the English Enlightenment 1670 1840

Islam and the English Enlightenment  1670   1840
Author : Humberto Garcia
Publisher : JHU Press
Total Pages : 346
Release : 2012-01-30
ISBN 10 : 9781421403533
ISBN 13 : 1421403536
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam and the English Enlightenment 1670 1840 Book Description:

A corrective addendum to Edward Said’s Orientalism, this book examines how sympathetic representations of Islam contributed significantly to Protestant Britain’s national and imperial identity in the eighteenth century. Taking a historical view, Humberto Garcia combines a rereading of eighteenth-century and Romantic-era British literature with original research on Anglo-Islamic relations. He finds that far from being considered foreign by the era’s thinkers, Islamic republicanism played a defining role in Radical Enlightenment debates, most significantly during the Glorious Revolution, French Revolution, and other moments of acute constitutional crisis, as well as in national and political debates about England and its overseas empire. Garcia shows that writers such as Edmund Burke, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and Percy and Mary Shelley not only were influenced by international events in the Muslim world but also saw in that world and its history a viable path to interrogate, contest, and redefine British concepts of liberty. This deft exploration of the forgotten moment in early modern history when intercultural exchange between the Muslim world and Christian West was common resituates English literary and intellectual history in the wider context of the global eighteenth century. The direct challenge it poses to the idea of an exclusionary Judeo-Christian Enlightenment serves as an important revision to post-9/11 narratives about a historical clash between Western democratic values and Islam.

Abd al Ghani al Nabulusi

 Abd al Ghani al Nabulusi
Author : Samer Akkach
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Total Pages : 176
Release : 2014-06-01
ISBN 10 : 9781780742038
ISBN 13 : 1780742037
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Abd al Ghani al Nabulusi Book Description:

In this unique look at a key figure in the ‘Islamic enlightenment’, Samer Akkach examines the life and works of ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi (1641-1731). Often characterized solely as a Sufi saint, his thought and teachings were of a much wider remit, and symptomatic of a growing rationalism among Islamic scholars during his lifetime. Through a fresh reading of his large body of mostly unpublished works, Akkach argues that ‘Abd al-Ghani helped to herald the beginning of modernity in the Arab world.

Toward an Islamic Enlightenment

Toward an Islamic Enlightenment
Author : M. Hakan Yavuz
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 300
Release : 2013-01-31
ISBN 10 : 9780199927999
ISBN 13 : 0199927995
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Toward an Islamic Enlightenment Book Description:

M. Hakan Yavuz offers an insightful and wide-ranging study of the Gulen Movement, one of the most controversial developments in contemporary Islam. Founded in Turkey by the Muslim thinker Fethullah Gulen, the Gulen Movement aims to disseminate a ''moderate'' interpretation of Islam through faith-based education. Its activities have fundamentally altered religious and political discourse in Turkey in recent decades, and its schools and other institutions have been established throughout Central Asia and the Balkans, as well as western Europe and North America. Consequently, its goals and modus operandi have come under increasing scrutiny around the world. Yavuz introduces readers to the movement, its leader, its philosophies, and its practical applications. After recounting Gulen's personal history, he analyzes Gulen's theological outlook, the structure of the movement, its educational premise and promise, its financial structure, and its contributions (particularly to debates in the Turkish public sphere), its scientific outlook, and its role in interfaith dialogue. Towards an Islamic Enlightenment shows the many facets of the movement, arguing that it is marked by an identity paradox: despite its tremendous contribution to the introduction of a moderate, peaceful, and modern Islamic outlook-so different from the Iranian or Saudi forms of radical and political Islam-the Gulen Movement is at once liberal and communitarian, provoking both hope and fear in its works and influence.

The Republic of Arabic Letters

The Republic of Arabic Letters
Author : Alexander Bevilacqua
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Total Pages : 360
Release : 2018-02-23
ISBN 10 : 9780674975927
ISBN 13 : 0674975928
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Republic of Arabic Letters Book Description:

The Oriental library -- The Qur'an in translation -- A new view of Islam -- D'Herbelot's Oriental garden -- Islam in history -- Islam and the enlightenment

The Islamic Enlightenment

The Islamic Enlightenment
Author : Christopher de Bellaigue
Publisher : Random House
Total Pages : 448
Release : 2017-02-23
ISBN 10 : 9781448139675
ISBN 13 : 1448139678
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Islamic Enlightenment Book Description:

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2017 'An eye-opening, well-written and very timely book' Yuval Noah Harari 'The best sort of book for our disordered days: timely, urgent and illuminating' Pankaj Mishra 'It strikes a blow...for common humanity' Sunday Times The Muslim world has often been accused of a failure to modernise and adapt. Yet in this sweeping narrative and provocative retelling of modern history, Christopher de Bellaigue charts the forgotten story of the Islamic Enlightenment – the social movements, reforms and revolutions that transfigured the Middle East from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Modern ideals and practices were embraced across the region, including the adoption of modern medicine, the emergence of women from purdah and the development of democracy. The Islamic Enlightenment looks behind the sensationalist headlines in order to foster a genuine understanding of Islam and its relationship to the West. It is essential reading for anyone engaged in the state of the world today.

Reopening Muslim Minds

Reopening Muslim Minds
Author : Mustafa Akyol
Publisher : St. Martin's Essentials
Total Pages : 256
Release : 2021-04-06
ISBN 10 : 9781250256072
ISBN 13 : 1250256070
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reopening Muslim Minds Book Description:

A fascinating journey into Islam's diverse history of ideas, making an argument for an "Islamic Enlightenment" today In Reopening Muslim Minds, Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and opinion writer for The New York Times, both diagnoses “the crisis of Islam” in the modern world, and offers a way forward. Diving deeply into Islamic theology, and also sharing lessons from his own life story, he reveals how Muslims lost the universalism that made them a great civilization in their earlier centuries. He especially demonstrates how values often associated with Western Enlightenment — freedom, reason, tolerance, and an appreciation of science — had Islamic counterparts, which sadly were cast aside in favor of more dogmatic views, often for political ends. Elucidating complex ideas with engaging prose and storytelling, Reopening Muslim Minds borrows lost visions from medieval Muslim thinkers such as Ibn Rushd (aka Averroes), to offer a new Muslim worldview on a range of sensitive issues: human rights, equality for women, freedom of religion, or freedom from religion. While frankly acknowledging the problems in the world of Islam today, Akyol offers a clear and hopeful vision for its future.

Islamic Activists

Islamic Activists
Author : Deina Ali Abdelkader
Publisher : Pluto Press
Total Pages : 128
Release : 2011-04-15
ISBN 10 : 0745322166
ISBN 13 : 9780745322162
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islamic Activists Book Description:

In the hysteria surrounding Political Islam, it is difficult to find analysis that doesn't feel the need to justify the existence of Islamic leaders or react to the West's fear of "extremists." In Islamic Activists, Deina Ali Abdelkader shows us what Islamic leaders and activists believe and what they think about just governance. Explaining and comparing Islamist ideas, including those about leadership, justice and minority rights, Abdelkader explains how these have been represented in the writings of important historical and contemporary Islamists. In doing so, Abdelkader reveals that democracy is not the sole preserve of those who support Enlightenment values, offering the reader a chance to understand the populist non-violent side of Islamic activism. This includes an examination of the ideas of the leaders of the populist Islamist movements in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. Islamic Activists is essential reading for serious students and scholars of Islamic political theory and action.

Foucault in Iran

Foucault in Iran
Author : Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi
Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages : 272
Release : 2016-08-08
ISBN 10 : 9781452950563
ISBN 13 : 1452950563
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Foucault in Iran Book Description:

Were the thirteen essays Michel Foucault wrote in 1978–1979 endorsing the Iranian Revolution an aberration of his earlier work or an inevitable pitfall of his stance on Enlightenment rationality, as critics have long alleged? Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi argues that the critics are wrong. He declares that Foucault recognized that Iranians were at a threshold and were considering if it were possible to think of dignity, justice, and liberty outside the cognitive maps and principles of the European Enlightenment. Foucault in Iran centers not only on the significance of the great thinker’s writings on the revolution but also on the profound mark the event left on his later lectures on ethics, spirituality, and fearless speech. Contemporary events since 9/11, the War on Terror, and the Arab Uprisings have made Foucault’s essays on the Iranian Revolution more relevant than ever. Ghamari-Tabrizi illustrates how Foucault saw in the revolution an instance of his antiteleological philosophy: here was an event that did not fit into the normative progressive discourses of history. What attracted him to the Iranian Revolution was precisely its ambiguity. Theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich, this interdisciplinary work will spark a lively debate in its insistence that what informed Foucault’s writing was not an effort to understand Islamism but, rather, his conviction that Enlightenment rationality has not closed the gate of unknown possibilities for human societies.