Reasoning with God

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442238442
Release Date: 2014-10-23
Genre: Religion

In Reasoning with God renowned Islamic scholar Khaled Abou El Fadl explores the role of Shari‘ah in today’s world, for both Muslims and non-Muslims. After a prologue that explains Shari‘ah in depth, Abou El Fadl wrestles with the moral trajectory of contemporary Islam and highlights the way Shari‘ah can revitalize and reengage Islam today.

The Search for Beauty in Islam

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 074255094X
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Religion

In this updated and expanded edition of The Search for Beauty in Islam, Abou El Fadl offers eye-opening and enlightening insights into the contemporary realities of the current state of Islam and the West. Through a "conference of the books," an imagined conference of Muslim intellects from centuries past, Abou El Fadl examines the ugliness that has come to plague Muslim realities and attempts to reclaim what he maintains is a core moral value in Islam-the value of beauty. Abou El Fadl argues that the rekindling of the forgotten value of beauty is essential for Muslims today to take back what has been lost to the fundamentalist forces that have denigrated their religion.

Conference of the Books

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher: University Press of Amer
ISBN: UOM:39015049672317
Release Date: 2001-01-01
Genre: Political Science

Based on actual cases, these original essays present an honest and critical evaluation of the problems and challenges that confront Muslims in the Contemporary world. Using the Muslim experience in the United States as a lens, the author examines what he identifies as a pervasive alienation suffered by Muslims over their place in history, source of identity, and moral foundations. The author imagines himself sitting in a conference of Islamic books- the Conference convening to examine the contemporary Muslim condition. Various influential intellectual trends are represented in this Conference, but the author is not a passive observer, he is an active participant who reacts to the Conference with introspection and critical moral insight. The author positions himself on a bridge between the intellectual heritage of Islam and the oppressive Muslim present, arguing that the salvation of one is intricately linked to the other. This book attempts to reclaim what the author maintains is a core moral value in Islam- the value of beauty.

The Place of Tolerance in Islam

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807002291
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Religion

Serves to lift prejudices of the Muslims with an essay separating the meaning of true Islamic faith from the terrorists' interpretation of the Koran, and follows with eleven responses that argue the inability for the existence of Islamic tolerance.

Ethics in Islam

Author: Richard G. Hovannisian
Publisher:
ISBN: UVA:X001239889
Release Date: 1985
Genre: Philosophy


Speaking in God s Name

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780744681
Release Date: 2014-10-01
Genre: Religion

This challenging new book reviews the ethics at the heart of the Islamic legal system, and suggests that these laws have been misinterpreted by certain sources in an attempt to control women.

And God Knows the Soldiers

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher: University Press of Amer
ISBN: 0761820841
Release Date: 2001-01-01
Genre: Law

This is a substantially expanded edition of the author's seminal work The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses: A Contemporary Case Study. Beginning with the case study of a Muslim basketball player who refused to stand up while the American national anthem was playing, the author documents the disintegration of the Islamic juristic tradition, and the prevalence of authoritarianism in contemporary Muslim discourses. The author analyzes the rise of what he describes as puritan and despotic trends in modern Islam, and asserts that such trends nullify the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition. By declaring themselves the true soldiers of God and the defenders of religion, Muslim puritan movements are able to degrade women, eradicate critical thinking, and empty Islam of its moral content. In effect, the author argues, the self-declared protectors of Islam become its despots and oppressors who suppress the dynamism and vigor of the Islamic message. Anchoring himself in the rich Islamic jurisprudential tradition, the author argues for upholding the authoritativeness of the religious text without succumbing to authoritarian methodologies of interpretation. Ultimately, the author asserts that in order to respect the integrity of the Divine laws it is necessary to adopt rigorous analytical methodologies of interpretation, and to re-investigate the place of morality in modern Islam.

The Great Theft

Author: Khaled M. Abou El Fadl
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061744754
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Religion

Despite President George W. Bush's assurances that Islam is a peaceful religion and that all good Muslims hunger for democracy, confusion persists and far too many Westerners remain convinced that Muslims and terrorists are synonymous. In the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the recent bombings in London, an unprecedented amount of attention has been directed toward Islam and the Muslim world. Yet, even with this increased scrutiny, most of the public discourse regarding Islam revolves around the actions of extremist factions such as the Wahhabis and al-Qa'ida. But what of the Islam we don't hear about? As the second-largest and fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam is deemed by more than a billion Muslims to be a source of serenity and spiritual peace, and a touchstone for moral and ethical guidance. While extremists have an impact upon the religion that is wildly disproportionate to their numbers, moderates constitute the majority of Muslims worldwide. It is this rift between the quiet voice of the moderates and the deafening statements of the extremists that threatens the future of the faith. In The Great Theft, Khaled Abou El Fadl, one of the world's preeminent Islamic scholars, argues that Islam is currently passing through a transformative period no less dramatic than the movements that swept through Europe during the Reformation. At this critical juncture there are two completely opposed worldviews within Islam competing to define this great world religion. The stakes have never been higher, and the future of the Muslim world hangs in the balance. Drawing on the rich tradition of Islamic history and law, The Great Theft is an impassioned defense of Islam against the encroaching power of the extremists. As an accomplished Islamic jurist, Abou El Fadl roots his arguments in long-standing historical legal debates and delineates point by point the beliefs and practices of moderate Muslims, distinguishing these tenets from the corrupting influences of the extremists. From the role of women in Islam to the nature of jihad, from democracy and human rights to terrorism and warfare, Abou El Fadl builds a vital vision for a moderate Islam. At long last, the great majority of Muslims who oppose extremism have a desperately needed voice to help reclaim Islam's great moral tradition.

Islam and the Challenge of Democracy

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400873203
Release Date: 2015-05-20
Genre: Religion

The events of September 11 and the subsequent war on terrorism have provoked widespread discussion about the possibility of democracy in the Islamic world. Such topics as the meaning of jihad, the role of clerics as authoritative interpreters, and the place of human rights and toleration in Islam have become subjects of urgent public debate around the world. With few exceptions, however, this debate has proceeded in isolation from the vibrant traditions of argument within Islamic theology, philosophy, and law. Islam and the Challenge of Democracy aims to correct this deficiency. The book engages the reader in a rich discourse on the challenges of democracy in contemporary Islam. The collection begins with a lead essay by Khaled Abou El Fadl, who argues that democracy, especially a constitutional democracy that protects basic individual rights, is the form of government best suited to promoting a set of social and political values central to Islam. Because Islam is about submission to God and about each individual's responsibility to serve as His agent on Earth, Abou El Fadl argues, there is no place for the subjugation to human authority demanded by authoritarian regimes. The lead essay is followed by eleven others from internationally respected specialists in democracy and religion. They address, challenge, and engage Abou El Fadl's work. The contributors include John Esposito, Muhammad Fadel, Noah Feldman, Nader Hashemi, Bernard Haykel, Muqtedar Khan, Saba Mahmood, David Novak, William Quandt, Kevin Reinhart, and Jeremy Waldron.

Islam

Author: Roger M. A. Allen
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802866004
Release Date: 2011-03-03
Genre: Religion

Gathers fifteen essays on Islam, covering its orgins, its divisions and their doctrines, mosques, Islamic government, and its relation to women, Judaism, Christianity, and the United States.

A New Introduction to Islam

Author: Daniel W. Brown
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118953471
Release Date: 2017-02-16
Genre: Religion

Covering the origins, key features, and legacy of the Islamic tradition, the third edition of A New Introduction to Islam includes new material on Islam in the 21st century and discussions of the impact of historical ideas, literature, and movements on contemporary trends. Includes updated and rewritten chapters on the Qur’an and hadith literature that covers important new academic research Compares the practice of Islam in different Islamic countries, as well as acknowledging the differences within Islam as practiced in Europe Features study questions for each chapter and more illustrative material, charts, and excerpts from primary sources

The Veil and the Male Elite

Author: Fatima Mernissi
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0201632217
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Religion

'Fatima Mernissi has more ideas per book than any other thinker in the Middle East. Her later works increasingly integrate her brilliant ideas into sustained and compelling discourse that is very much worthy of attention.'Laurence O. Michalak

Reasoning with God

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher:
ISBN: 1851683062
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Islam and philosophy

Is Islam incompatible with rational thought? This is the question at theeart of this challenging study by a leading scholar. Tracing the conflictetween reason and religion right back to the disputes between medievalslamic philosophers, the author examines every part of the debate, includinguch major themes as good, evil and the nature of divine will. In addition toroviding a full survey of the debate between faith and reason, he alsoroposes an approach for taking reasoning beyond the traditional boundariesf textual interpretation, to a fully realized engagement with the divine.

Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law

Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521030579
Release Date: 2006-11-02
Genre: History

Khaled Abou El Fadl's book represents the first systematic examination of the idea and treatment of political resistance and rebellion in Islamic law. Pre-modern jurists produced an extensive and sophisticated discourse on the legality of rebellion and the treatment due to rebels under Islamic law. The book examines the emergence and development of these discourses from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries and considers juristic responses to the various terror-inducing strategies employed by rebels including assassination, stealth attacks and rape. The study demonstrates how Muslim jurists went about restructuring several competing doctrinal sources in order to construct a highly technical discourse on rebellion. Indeed many of these rulings may have a profound influence on contemporary practices. This is an important and challenging book which sheds light on the complexities of Islamic law and pre-modern attitudes to dissidence and rebellion.