Islam & Modernity: Transformation of an Intellectual Tradition

University of Chicago Press, 1984 - 172 Seiten

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An interesting and firmly internal account of the challenges the islamic tradition faces today. By internal I mean that the author does not espouse secularization: his interests lie in the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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The Heritage
Classical Islamic Modernism and Education
Contemporary Modernism
Prospects and Some Suggestions

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Seite 9 - Long before we understand ourselves through the process of self-examination, we understand ourselves in a self-evident way in the family, society, and state in which we live. The focus of subjectivity is a distorting mirror. The self-awareness of the individual is only a flickering in the closed circuits of historical life. That is why the prejudices of the individual, far more than his judgments, constitute the historical reality of his being.
Seite 5 - The Qur'an is the divine response, through the Prophet's mind, to the moral-social situation of the Prophet's Arabia, particularly to the problems of the commercial Meccan society of his day.
Seite 8 - This, of course, admits of varying degrees, but certainly, in the case of the Qur'an, the objective situation is a sine qua non for understanding, particularly since, in view of its absolute normativity for Muslims, it is literally God's response through Muhammad's mind (this latter factor has been radically underplayed by the Islamic orthodoxy) to a historic situation (a factor likewise drastically restricted by the Islamic orthodoxy in a real understanding of the Qur'an).
Seite 8 - ... the effort to understand the meaning of a relevant text or precedent in the past, containing a rule, and to alter that rule by extending or restricting or otherwise modifying it in such a manner that a new situation can be subsumed under it by a new solution.

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