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The Resource Islam and the challenge of civilization, Abdelwahab Meddeb ; translated by Jane Kuntz

Islam and the challenge of civilization, Abdelwahab Meddeb ; translated by Jane Kuntz

Label
Islam and the challenge of civilization
Title
Islam and the challenge of civilization
Statement of responsibility
Abdelwahab Meddeb ; translated by Jane Kuntz
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Subject
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
Meddeb wages a war of interpretations in this book demonstrating that Muslims cannot join the concert of nations unless they set aside outmoded notions such as jihad, and realize that the feuding among monotheisms must give way to the more important issue of what it means to be a citizen in today's post-religious global setting. Abdelwahab Meddeb makes an urgent case for an Islamic reformation, located squarely in Western Europe, now home to millions of Muslims, where Christianity and Judaism have come to coexist with secular humanism and positivist law. He is not advocating "moderate" Islam, which he characterizes as thinly disguised Wahabism, but rather an Islam inspired by the great Sufi thinkers, whose practice of religion was not bound by doctrine. To accomplish this, Meddeb returns to the doctrinal question of the text as transcription of the uncreated word of God and calls upon Muslims to distinguish between Islam's spiritual message and the temporal, material, and historically grounded origins of its founding scriptures. He contrasts periods of Islamic history--when philosophers and theologians engaged in lively dialogue with other faiths and civilizations and contributed to transmitting the Hellenistic tradition to early modern Europe--with modern Islam's collective amnesia of this past --
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Meddeb, Abdelwahab
Dewey number
297.2709051
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kuntz, Jane
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Islam
  • Islamic civilization
  • Muslims
  • Islamic renewal
Label
Islam and the challenge of civilization, Abdelwahab Meddeb ; translated by Jane Kuntz
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Religion and violence -- The Koran as myth -- The clash of interpretations -- On the Arab decline -- Civilization or extinction -- Enlightenment between high and low voltage -- The physics and metaphysics of nature -- Epilogue: religion and cosmopolitics -- Appendixes -- The veil unveiled: dialogue with Christian Jambet -- Obama in Cairo
Control code
FIEb17448104
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
175 pages
Isbn
9780823251230
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)814707075
Label
Islam and the challenge of civilization, Abdelwahab Meddeb ; translated by Jane Kuntz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Religion and violence -- The Koran as myth -- The clash of interpretations -- On the Arab decline -- Civilization or extinction -- Enlightenment between high and low voltage -- The physics and metaphysics of nature -- Epilogue: religion and cosmopolitics -- Appendixes -- The veil unveiled: dialogue with Christian Jambet -- Obama in Cairo
Control code
FIEb17448104
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
175 pages
Isbn
9780823251230
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)814707075

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