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Islam without fear : Egypt and the new Islamists
Baker, Raymond William, 1942-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, [2003]

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309 pages : portraits ; 24 cm
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DT107.87 .B347 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For the last several decades an influential group of Egyptian scholars and public intellectuals has been having a profound effect in the Islamic world. Raymond Baker offers a portrait of these New Islamists - Islamic scholars, lawyers, judges and journalists who provide the moral and intellectual foundations for a more fully realized Islamic community, open to the world and with full rights of active citizenship for women and non-Muslims. The New Islamists have a record of constructive engagement in Egyptian public life, balanced by an unequivocal critique of the excesses of Islamist extremists. Baker shows how the New Islamists are translating their thinking into action in education and the arts, economics and social life and politics and foreign relations despite an authoritarian political environment. including Muhammad al Ghazzaly, Kamal Abul Magd, Muhammad Selim al Awa, Fahmy Huwaidy, Tareq al Bishry and Yusuf al Qaradawy - regarded by some as the most influential Islamic scholar in the world today. Islam as a civilization that engages others and searches for common ground through shared values such as justice, peace, human rights and democracy.

Author Notes

Raymond William Baker is Professor of International Politics at Trinity College and Adjunct Professor at the American University in Cairo.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
I. Culture
1. Reforming Educationp. 17
2. Embracing the Artsp. 53
II. Society
3. Building Communityp. 83
4. Creating an Economic Systemp. 127
III. Politics
5. Struggling for Islamic Renewalp. 165
6. Engaging the Worldp. 212
Conclusionp. 261
Notesp. 277
Glossary of Arabic Termsp. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 298
Indexp. 301