This book, which originated in a conference held to honour Dr. Fathi Osman, starts with a redefinition of what modernity signifies. Rejecting ideological and ethnocentric definitions of modernity, the contributors depart from the understanding that Islam is already an important component of life in the modern world. The discussion focuses specifically on the moral challenge posed by modernity to Islamic beliefs and thinking, in particular the questions raised by modern thinking and practice in the areas of democracy, human rights and the status of minorities. The contributors approach these questions from different angles, but agree on the need to offer creative but Islamically authentic responses to these challenges.
In the process, they challenge some dominant conceptions both within modern and Islamic thinking.
DR. ABDELWAHAB EL-AFFENDI is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-ordinator of the Project on Democracy in the Muslim World at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London. His publications include, Turabi's Revolution: Islam and Power in Sudan and Who Needs an Islamic State?
THE ISLAMIC FOUNDATION is an educational and research organization devoted to making Islam a living reality in our age. For this purpose, it aims to improve human communication and develop a better understanding of Islam among all people of the world, Muslim and non-Muslim, so as to galvanize man to the message and ideal of One God and the unity of mankind, as brought by all the Prophets of God throughout the ages, last of whom was the Prophet Muhammad (blessings of Allah and peace be on him. The Foundation has research units in Islamic Economics, Christian-Muslim Relations and Literature for Children. Its regular publications include Muslim World Book Review containing an Index of Islamic Literature and Encounters: Journal of Inter-Cultural Perspectives.
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