Islam & Jihad: Prejudice Versus Reality

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2002 - History - 162 pages
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The terrorist attacks of September 11 have focused the world's attention on Islamic fundamentalism. We are told that we are witnessing a 'clash of civilizations' between a secular, modern 'West' and a backward-looking 'Islam'.This short, accessible book does two things: It rebuts the misconceptions about Islam articulated by many European intellectuals down the centuries, which for non-Muslims still obstruct a clear understanding of both the nature of Islam and the history of Christian-Muslim interactions. It shows the politically motivated and theologically dubious nature of recent assertions by so-called Islamic fundamentalist movements, and contrasts them with those socially progressive Muslim thinkers who have addressed the inescapable questions thrown up for believers by the modern world.A G Noorani provides us with an understanding of certain basic concepts needed to counteract the recent upsurge of ill-informed prejudice against Muslims, and to see through any tendency to romanticize the crude and un-Islamic brutalities of fundamentalists whom he argues are impostors misusing the faith as a political weapon.
 

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Contents

The spectre of Islam
3
Muslim bigotry and mindless violence
6
Whose Islam are we performing?
9
How Islamic was 911?
12
Ancient animosities modern hate
19
Plan of the book
23
The Long March of Prejudice
25
The burden of history
28
The failure of fundamentalism
79
Reimagining Islam
89
Human Rights in the Islamic Tradition
91
Democracy and Islam
93
The question of nonMuslims
96
Ijtihad Reason and the Challenge of Modernity
103
Return to the text
106
Rationalism in Islam
107

Intellectual stagnation in the Muslim world
32
Is everything Muslim Islamic?
36
Islamophobia of the Western media
39
The Meanings of Jihad and Fatwa
43
Greater jihad lesser jihad
46
The Prophets jihad
50
The Medina verses
52
Jihad in our times
57
edict or opinion?
60
The Very Modern Roots of Islamic Fundamentalism
63
United colours of fundamentalism
66
Shapers of Islamic fundamentalism
68
What is an Islamic state?
75
the poetphilosopher
111
Islam and politics
113
A theology of liberation
115
Epilogue Time for the Greater Jihad
119
Is the divide permanent?
123
Time for the Greater Jihad
126
Appendices
131
Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights
133
The Protection of Human Rights in Islamic Criminal Justice
142
Notes
145
Select Bibliography
153
Index
157
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About the author (2002)

A.G. Noorani is a well-known Indian lawyer and political commentator. His columns appear in The Hindustan Times, Frontline, Economic and Political Weekly and Dainik Bhaskar.His most recent works are The Destruction of Hyderabad (2014) and the edited collection The Kashmir Dispute 1947-2012 (two volumes, 2013).

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