Islam & Jihad: Prejudice Versus Reality
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:ú 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.ú 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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The spectre of Islam
Muslim bigotry and mindless violence
Whose Islam are we performing?
How Islamic was 911?
Ancient animosities modern hate
Plan of the book
The Long March of Prejudice
The burden of history
The failure of fundamentalism
Human Rights in the Islamic Tradition
Democracy and Islam
The question of nonMuslims
Ijtihad Reason and the Challenge of Modernity
Return to the text
Rationalism in Islam
Intellectual stagnation in the Muslim world
Is everything Muslim Islamic?
Islamophobia of the Western media
The Meanings of Jihad and Fatwa
Greater jihad lesser jihad
The Prophets jihad
The Medina verses
Jihad in our times
edict or opinion?
The Very Modern Roots of Islamic Fundamentalism
United colours of fundamentalism
Shapers of Islamic fundamentalism
What is an Islamic state?
Islam and politics
A theology of liberation
Epilogue Time for the Greater Jihad
Is the divide permanent?
Time for the Greater Jihad
Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights
The Protection of Human Rights in Islamic Criminal Justice
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