Modernist and Fundamentalist Debates in Islam

A Reader

  • Editors
  • Mansoor Moaddel
  • Kamran Talattof

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction Contemporary Debates in Islam: Modernism versus Fundamentalism

  3. Islamic Modernism

    1. Jurisprudence, Rational Sciences, and Differentiation of Knowledge

      1. Sayyid Jamal al-Din al-Afghani
        Pages 23-28
      2. Moulavi Chiragh Ali
        Pages 29-34
      3. Muhammad Abduh
        Pages 41-43
      4. Muhammad Abduh
        Pages 45-51
      5. ‘Allama Shibli Nu‘mani
        Pages 53-69
    2. Islam and Politics

      1. Moulavi Chiragh Ali
        Pages 71-94
      2. Ali Abd al-Raziq
        Pages 95-100
      3. Sayyid Ahmad Khan
        Pages 109-121
    3. Islam and Western Civilization

      1. Anonymous Mu‘tazilite Muslim
        Pages 123-134
      2. Muhammad Farid Wajdi
        Pages 135-143
    4. Islamic Modernism and the Issue of Women

      1. Moulavi Chiragh Ali
        Pages 145-157
      2. Sayyid Ahmad Khan
        Pages 159-161
      3. Qasim Amin
        Pages 163-181
    5. Style of Living

      1. Sayyid Ahmad Khan
        Pages 183-185
      2. Sayyid Ahmad Khan
        Pages 187-188
      3. Rifa‘ah Rifa al-Tahtawi
        Pages 189-196

About this book


With resurgent interest in the Muslim world and in particular political Islam, this collection of translated essays by major Muslim thinkers from the Middle East and South Asia demonstrates the ongoing and contentious debate between modernizers seeking to adapt Western ways and fundamentalists who rejected them. From Jamal al-Din al-Afghani in the nineteenth-century to Ayatollah Khomeini in the twentieth, the selections provide an opportunity to examine a diversity of Muslim thinkers thoughts on important topics like jurisprudence, politics, relations with the west, and women in their own words.


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