Inside Muslim Minds

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 2008 - Islam - 380 pages
A ground-breaking comparative study of contemporary Islamic consciousness, Inside Muslim Minds is an important insight into aspects of the Muslim faith, and its place in the twenty-first century. Using data gathered from more than six thousand Muslim respondents from Southeast, South and Central Asia and the Middle East, Raiz Hassan examines attitudes to issues such as religious commitment; the status of women; the concept of jihad and its alleged links to terrorism; Islamic philanthropy; attitudes towards blasphemy; and Muslim perceptions of the 'other'. Hassan offers a theory of Islamic consciousness by examining its evolution over several centuries. His findings demonstrate the diversity of the Muslim world: the many variations of social, political and religious views. Inside Muslim Minds argues for a new intellectual commitment that honours Islamic heritage yet simultaneously confronts Islamic reassertion and the sense of powerlessness felt by Muslims as they strive to reaffirm their faith in the twenty-first century.
 

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Contents

Exploring Islamic consciousness
24
Table
55
Patterns of religious commitment
62
Jihad and conflict resolution in Muslim societies
103
Conclusion
126
Is trust in religious institutions linked to trust
140
Conclusion
149
Attitudes towards blasphemy and religiosity
164
Philanthropy and social justice
234
Islam and civil society
248
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265
Epilogue
286
Methodology
309
Quranic foundations of the doctrine
317
The call to jihad by the Islamic
325
References
347

Conclusion
170
Veiling patriarchy and honour killing
171
Globalization and the Islamic ummah
217

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Professor Riaz Hassanhas published extensively on Muslim societies in an academic career that has spanned more than 40 years. He is the author of Faithlines- Muslim Conceptions of Islam and Society, and co-editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Social Sciences in Australiaand Local and Global- Social Transformation in Southeast Asia.

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