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Rāshid al-Ghannūshi̇̄

A Key Muslim Thinker of the 21st Century


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Mohammad Dawood Sofi
    Pages 1-11
  3. Mohammad Dawood Sofi
    Pages 29-46
  4. Mohammad Dawood Sofi
    Pages 107-112
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 113-128

About this book


This book discusses various dynamic facets of the life of Rāshid al-Ghannūshi̇̄, a distinguished Islamic thinker and activist not only in Tunisia and North Africa, but in the entire Muslim world. It especially focuses on those aspects related to his intellectual understanding and response to a number of critical contemporary issues. In the 21st Century, Rāshid al-Ghannūshi̇̄ is considered as the most moderate among the Muslim thinkers and intellectuals, particularly when it comes to the question of Islam-democracy compatibility and power sharing theory. This book also offers an account of a previously little known, yet much talked about Muslim voice in the post-Arab Spring era.  It further shows how the intellectual Muslim thinkers’ own perspectives and expectations from Islamic movement(s) and their interaction with the ‘western oriented local leadership’, as well as their (secular) policies color their understanding of Islam and various other major issues.



Rāshid al-Ghannūshi̇̄ Islamic Movement Islam-West Relation Pluralism Tunisia Democracy Human Rights

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.JammuIndia

About the authors

Mohammad Dawood Sofi is currently serving as post-doc fellow in the Faculty of Political Science, Ankara Beyazit Yildirm University, Turkey. He holds PhD in Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh, India (2016) on the topic “Contemporary Challenges to Islam: A Critique of Al-Nahda”. He is also a Member of Board of Reviewers of Al-Idah, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
His major areas of interest include: Islamic history and sciences; modern Islamic movements; contemporary trends in Islamic reformist thought; and Middle Eastern politics, especially in Tunisia.


Bibliographic information


“Dawood’s Rāshid al-Ghannūshi̇̄ A Key Muslim Thinker of the 21st Century is a perceptive addition to previous works on Ghannouchi; an interesting and thought-provoking work that will prove helpful for everyone, and anyone, interested in knowing the life, works, activities, thought, and ‘transformations’ of Ghannouchi from an ‘Islamist’ activist to a moderate political leader and thinker. Or in a nutshell, it is clear-cut read on the thought, legacy and activities of Ghannouchi from a ‘Democrat within Islamism’ to a ‘Muslim Democrat’.” (Tauseef Ahmad Parray, Oracle Opinions,, September, 2018)