The Global Muslim Community at a Crossroads: Understanding Religious Beliefs, Practices, and Infighting to End the Conflict
The Global Muslim Community at a Crossroads: Understanding Religious Beliefs, Practices, and Infighting to End the Conflict is an illuminating work. Written by an eminent psychologist who was raised as a Muslim in India and now resides in the United States, it examines the core reasons for the current state of affairs in Muslim communities, explaining the psychological underpinnings of Muslim religion and practices and the reasons they can fuel violence.
Drawing on the editor's exposure to Eastern and Western cultures and his longstanding interest in the study of comparative world religions, this impartial analysis takes a multidimensional approach to explaining the current plight of Muslim countries. It candidly discusses issues such as the influence of Islamic schools, the negative and positive roles of Ulema (religious scholars), a lack of critical inquiry into religious thought, Sharia, and the status of women in Islam. Finally, there are positive suggestions about a road to recovery, explaining how Muslim communities can address the interlocking problems they face while retaining the positive aspects of their beliefs.
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Part IIA Review of Religious Beliefs and Practices
2 Clarifying Core Islamic Concepts
3 A Critical Review of Hadith
4 Shariah and Contemporary Issues
Part IIIA Review of Social and Moral Issues
5 Islam and Democracy
Past Present and Future
Shaykh Ghazalis Approach
Part VGlorifying the Past
Does It Prevent the Muslim Community from Moving Forward?
13 Does Islam Provide Guidance in All Aspects of Life?
Part VINew Strategies for Resolving Intractable Problems
How Can the Muslims Resolve the Intractable Problems and End the Conflict?
Part VIISummary and Conclusions
15 Summary and Conclusions