A Modern Approach to Islam

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Oxford University Press, 2008 - Religion - 105 pages
This classic work, written by one of the greatest modern scholars of Islamic law, focuses on the need for a reinterpretation of Islamic jurisprudence and for a rediscovery of its original philosophy.

Fyzee presents a fresh critique of Islam based on historical, scientific, and comparative principles. He contends that rules of law can be modified in modern times for the purpose of healthy reforms without compromising on the essential sprit of Islam.

In an introduction written especially for this edition, Saiyid Hamid widens the scope of the discussion and shows the books significance for todays world where misunderstandings about Islam abound. Drawing from the works of contemporary scholars, as well as of those from earlier periods, he brings to light essential concepts in Islamic thought -- reason, the spirit of inquiry, social justice, mercy, non-aggression, and individual responsibility.

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About the author (2008)

A. A. A. Fyzee is an outstanding scholar of Islamic law and author of Outlines of Muhammadan Law. He received from the Government of India, the Padma Bhushan in recognition of his contribution to Islamic Jurisprudence. Saiyid Hamid is Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi. He wasformerly Vice-Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University.

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