The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Religion - 407 pages
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In this updated and expanded edition of The Search for Beauty in Islam, Abou El Fadl offers eye-opening and enlightening insights into the contemporary realities of the current state of Islam and the West. Through a "conference of the books," an imagined conference of Muslim intellects from centuries past, Abou El Fadl examines the ugliness that has come to plague Muslim realities and attempts to reclaim what he maintains is a core moral value in Islam-the value of beauty. Abou El Fadl argues that the rekindling of the forgotten value of beauty is essential for Muslims today to take back what has been lost to the fundamentalist forces that have denigrated their religion.
  

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Review: The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books

User Review  - Ahmed - Goodreads

A friend of mine summarised it best when he called it "uncanny". The author's ability to get into your head, to blur the lines so that emotion seeps from the book into you, is uncanny. The premise of ... Read full review

Review: The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books

User Review  - Hadi - Goodreads

One of the greatest books I have ever read. Eloquently refreshing perspectives on various topics, with important commentary on the state of affairs in "Contemporary Islam" - sometimes through historical lenses. Read full review

Contents

The Conference of Books The First Admission
1
The Nights Visitor
5
The Pirates of the Intellect
8
The Terror of Bigotry
12
The Civilization of the Book
14
The Interminable Conference
18
On Betrayal
20
A Prayer
22
Migrating to the Shaykhs
127
On Revising Bigotry
132
An Encounter With the Shaykh On the Delusions of the Fog
137
Finding the Shaykh
141
The Book of Suspended Judgment
147
Dreaming of the Prophet
153
Women as a Colony
160
In the Footsteps of the Beloved
165

Donkeys Carrying Books
25
To Murder the Soul
28
A One More Knowing
31
Women as an Awra
33
The Authoritative and the Authoritarian
35
On Obedience
37
To Suffer the Children
40
On Forms of Terror
43
DialaFatwa
45
On Knowledge
47
NYC Bombing
50
Umm Ahmad and the Judge
52
The Book Massacres
54
To Kill Parenthood
56
Killing Flies
59
Attending Juma
61
Burdens of a Generation
63
The Dialectics of an Apology
65
The Essential Individual
68
The Search for Beauty
70
Hegemony and Terrorism
73
Longing for Brotherhood
76
The Culture of the Mamnu
78
On Being in Love
81
Lecturing on the Ugly
84
A Night With the Qalam
87
A Homily for Ibn Rushd
90
The Sunna of the Beloved
95
Colonizing Women
97
The Page
99
My Friend
102
The Truth of Silence
105
On the Beating of Wives
107
The Beating of Wives Revisited
114
In Praise of the Marginal
123
A Love Song
125
The State Between Two States A Partnership With God
168
The Pearls of Beauty On ReFinding Our Lost Civilization
176
The Intellectual Refugee
186
When the Devil Speaks
190
Corrupting Gods Book
193
The Remembrance
203
The Scholars Road
219
Muhammad the Child
229
The Revelation
231
Shades of Divine Light
233
The Restorations of the Night
235
The Exorcisms of the Night
237
The Unity of Strangers
240
The Testimony
242
Searching for the House of God
245
Incoherence
248
A Breath from God
251
Derangements
254
A Leader Among Us
257
When God Asks the Child
261
Divine Threads
263
Embraced by the Beloved
268
The Shaykhas Endless Jihad
270
Banning the Conference
275
Waves and Rocks
291
The Lord of the Essence A Fatwa on Dogs
309
Thieves of the Dark
324
Quietus
328
Notes of the Night
334
Notes of the Transformation
337
The First Admission
341
Glossary of Terms
348
Selected Biographies
370
Index
382
About the Author
400
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About the author (2001)

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches Islamic law, immigration, human rights, and international and national security law. He holds degrees from Yale University (B.A.), University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.) and Princeton University (M.A./Ph.D.). He serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch and was also appointed by President George W. Bush as a commissioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Author of numerous books and articles on Islamic law and Islam, his most recent work focuses on issues of authority, tolerance and democracy in Islam.

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