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Title:
Islam, fundamentalism, and the betrayal of tradition : essays by Western Muslim scholars
Author:
Lumbard, Joseph E. B., 1969-
Publication Information:
Bloomington, Ind. : World Wisdom, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xxii, 324 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Religious foundations. The myth of a militant Islam / David Dakake -- The decline of knowledge and the rise of ideology in the modern Islamic world / Joseph E.B. Lumbard -- A traditional Islamic response to the rise of modernism / Fuad S. Naeem -- Historical dimensions. Recollecting the spirit of jihād / Reza Shah-Kazemi -- Roots of misconception : Euro-American perceptions of Islam before and after September 11 / Ibrahim Kalin -- Political dimensions. The Economics of terrorism : how bin Laden is changing the rules of the game / Waleed El-Ansary -- The Muslim world and globalization : modernity and the roots of conflict / Ejaz Akram -- The poverty of fanaticism / T.J. Winter.
ISBN:
9780941532600
Format :
Book

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This book offers an analysis byWestern Muslim scholars of the key reasons behind the dangerous breaksown in understanding between Islam and the West.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This book capably argues for a return to the true spirit of classical Islamic intellectualism, disregarding the distractions and obstacles created by the West. Its strongest chapter, "Recollecting the Spirit of Jihad" by Reza Shah-Kazemi, marshals the history and traditions of the noble Muslim warrior, who never killed out of revenge, protected Jews from slaughter and embodied the true spirit of jihad, which means an inner spiritual struggle. The writer contrasts heroes of Muslim history, like Saladin, with the manipulative terrorists of Al-Qaeda, who politicize and deliberately misconstrue jihad. In the following essay, "Roots of Misconception," Ibrahim Kalin contends that propaganda against Islam, from the Crusades through contemporary movies and news media, is responsible for the inaccurate Western view that Islam needs to be modernized. T.J. Winter's "The Poverty of Fanaticism" contains probably the first academic recognition of the phenomenon of "salafi burnout,'" which takes place when a college-age male follower of the literalist Wahhabi/Salafi philosophy trades his conservative views, beard and religious dress for a Western girlfriend and capitalistic outlook. Although all the authors are Western Muslims-a quality rightly admired by Seyyed Hossein Nasr in his foreword-the absence of an essay by a Muslim woman is glaring. This book is a good resource for progressive Muslims, graduate students and readers already well versed on the politics of Islamic theology. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

The eight essays collected here were written by Western-trained scholars committed to traditional Muslim faith and practice. As such, they firmly reject the extremism of puritanical reformist movements in the Muslim world. These movements "have abandoned the guidance of their own intellectual heritage" for rigid, literal readings of the Qur'an and the prophetic traditions. Yet they also reject secular modernism, which fosters oppressive globalization and economic colonialism, denigrates traditional Muslim cultural values, and undermines morality by relegating God's revelations to the purely private sphere. Two essays address the "myth of a militant Islam" and contrast it with the true spirit of jihad. Additional essays examine the rise of inauthentic, ideological forms of Islam, the economics of terrorism, traditionalist responses to modernity, globalization's role in fostering Western-Muslim conflict, and Euro-American misconceptions of Islam pre- and post-9/11. Despite some tension between the postcolonial methodology and the traditionalist agenda of the text, this volume is essential for anyone concerned about the role Islam plays in contemporary culture. Recommended for all academic and public libraries. Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.