Islam, Motor Or Challenge of Modernity

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Georg Stauth
LIT Verlag Münster, 1998 - Social Science - 220 pages
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" In this first volume of the Yearbook of Sociology of Islam Georg Stauth brought together Islamologists and Sociologists who explore Islam and modern applications of Islamic thought as a way of demonstrating in a variety of social fields the ambiguity of the effective use of religious ideas and specifically Islamic models of social order to promote change. Far away from being apologetic, this collection of papers intends to show that the transcendental visions of Islam have been used as a foundational matrix for an indigenized ""Islamic Sociology"" as much as they played an important role in the modern restructuration of local symbolic and political orders. Analysis and discourse are privileged components in the scientific part of both the Islamic and the Western world. Accordingly, this volume attempts to contribute to the ongoing dialogue among sociologists about the effective ""history"" of exchange between Islamic visions and modernity. Contributors: Mona Abaza, Mohammed Arkoun, Friedemann Büttner, Fanny Colonna, Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, Peter Heine, Armando Salvatore, Reinhard Schulze, Georg Stauth, Karin Werner, Sami Zubaida Editor: Georg Stauth teaches sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. "
 

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Page 24 - Another very strong trend or vision connected to the quest for the "return" to such reembeddedment which often developed in these civilizations, was the gnostic one which attempted to imbue the world with a deep but hidden meaning. This quest could also become connected with the emphasis on the autonomy of reason and the legitimacy of mundane efforts. Such different alternative visions could become connected with the elaboration of a great variety of religious and intellectual orientations, especially...
Page 20 - The elaboration of any such vision attendant on such institutionalization in fully articulated terms generated the possibility of different emphases, directions and interpretations, all of which were reinforced by the existence in any historical setting of such institutionalization of multiple visions carried by different groups. The second basic antinomy inherent in these civilizations has been...
Page 31 - Fatimids) came to power on the crest of religious movements which upheld this ideal, legitimized themselves in such religious-political terms, and sought to retain popular support by stressing the religious aspect of their authority and by courting the religious leaders and religious sentiments of the community. Political issues were the central problem of theology in Islam.
Page 19 - ... civilizations can be seen as a series of some of the greatest revolutionary breakthroughs in the history of mankind, which changed the course of human history. The central aspect of these...
Page 32 - Such protofundamentalist tendencies were very often connected with very strong utopian eschatological orientations. As Aziz Al Azmeh has put it: "The Medinan Caliphate can thus be regarded, with Laroui, as a utopia. What Laroui omits is an important complement without which consideration of this matter would remain incomplete: this is eschatology. Unlike activist, fundamentalist utopia, this finalist state of felicity and rectitude is associated with the future reigns of the Mahdi (the Messiah) and...

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Georg Stauth teaches sociology of Islam at the University of Bielefeld (Germany).

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