The Global Muslim Community at a Crossroads: Understanding Religious Beliefs, Practices, and Infighting to End the Conflict

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 16, 2012 - Social Science - 202 pages

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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Contents

Analyzing the Current State of Turmoil and Upheaval
3
Part IIA Review of Religious Beliefs and Practices
17
2 Clarifying Core Islamic Concepts
19
3 A Critical Review of Hadith
27
4 Shariah and Contemporary Issues
33
Part IIIA Review of Social and Moral Issues
43
5 Islam and Democracy
45
Past Present and Future
51
Shaykh Ghazalis Approach
113
Part VGlorifying the Past
129
Does It Prevent the Muslim Community from Moving Forward?
131
13 Does Islam Provide Guidance in All Aspects of Life?
139
Part VINew Strategies for Resolving Intractable Problems
145
How Can the Muslims Resolve the Intractable Problems and End the Conflict?
147
Part VIISummary and Conclusions
159
15 Summary and Conclusions
161

Clarifying the Role of Women in Islam
65
The Importance of Critical Gender Analysis
73
Part IVReforming Madrassas and Social Reform in Muslim Society
81
9 Reforming the Indian Madrassas
83
Learning from the Past
93
Appendices
167
Glossary
185
About the Editors and Contributors
187
Index
191
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Abdul Basit, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former assistant professor of psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

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