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On being a Muslim : finding a religious path in the world today
Esack, Farid.
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Publication Information:
Oxford : Oneworld, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 212 pages ; 22 cm
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BP88.E83 O52 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Trampling over the boundaries between the religious and the secular in order to tackle some of the key questions facing Muslims in the contemporary age, this text presents an account of modern Islam.

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Choice Review

This is an informal and highly personal book that recounts the author's search for an authentic Muslim faith in the midst of the injustice and spiritual emptiness of the modern world. Author of Qur'an, Liberation & Pluralism (CH, Sep'97), Esack is an internationally known South African Muslim intellectual and social activist. On Being a Muslim is partly a devotional book that aims at being a practical spiritual guide for modern Muslims and partly an in-print wrestling with the tension between a commitment to traditional Islam and to religious freedom and gender equality. The many illustrations are homey and often humorous, drawn from the life experiences of the author and from religious folktales. Esack identifies himself as a "progressive" Muslim who is committed to the Qur'an and the Hadith (sayings/life examples of Muhammad), yet at the same time is willing to interpret these texts in nontraditional ways. This book will help overcome the stereotype that Islam is incompatible with notions of religious and gender freedom. The work is also valuable in its insider description of Esack's role on the South African Commission on Gender Equality and the broader contributions of Muslims to the dismantling of South African apartheid. Recommended for general readers and all student levels. G. J. Miller; Valley Forge Christian College