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Islam's Renewal

Reform or Revolt?


Part of the St Antony's Series book series (STANTS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Revolt

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 13-19
    3. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 21-32
    4. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 33-45
    5. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 47-68
    6. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 69-89
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 93-99
    3. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 101-106
    4. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 107-114
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 123-128
    3. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 129-140
    4. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 169-183
    5. Derek Hopwood
      Pages 185-189
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 191-198

About this book


The book considers some of the solutions proposed by Muslim activists and thinkers in their attempts to renew (tajdid) their ways of life and thought in accord with the demands of the age in which they lived. The two ways of reacting are studied – the movements led by men of action and inspiration, and the thoughts of quietist scholars who laid greater emphasis on calm continuity.  These two streams have often collided and particularly so in the contemporary age of greater violence. Other related problems are also considered: how a non-Muslim should regard the religion of the ‘other’; the ways modernization have been dealt with; and the two root causes of Muslim ‘rage’ today – the invasions of the West and the failure to reach an equitable solution to the problem of Palestine. Building on the author’s sixty-year experience researching the history of Islam, the book will appeal to students and scholars across the fields of Islamic studies, religious history and Middle Eastern politics.


Islamic studies Islamic reform Islamic renewal Islamic revolt religious history Middle Eastern politics Muslim thinkers Muslim activists Islam and modernization history of Islam Arab world and Islamd Muslim leaders and state formation Muslim leaders against colonialism Twentieth century Muslim thinkers Twenty-first century Muslim thinkers Post-modern era and Islam Palestine and Islam

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.St Antony’s CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Derek Hopwood is Emeritus Fellow of the Middle East Centre of St Antony’s College, Oxford, UK, where he taught modern Middle East studies for over thirty years. He was Visiting Professor at the Universities of Provence, Pennsylvania, Khartoum and Ain Shams. He was founding secretary of the British Society for Middle East Studies and the Middle Libraries Committee and their European equivalents. He is the author or editor of and contributor to numerous books on Middle East and Islamic studies.

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