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Islam in the Modern World: Challenged by the West, Threatened by Fundamentalism, Keeping Faith with Tradition

Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
Publisher HarperOne  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.55 inches
ISBN 9780061905803
Pages/Publication Date 472/2010
Daedalus Item Code 22315
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Though misunderstandings and friction between Islamic civilization and the modern West continue as they have for centuries, even within Islam, Iran's clerics are split, militant fundamentalists clash with students from Islamic universities, and moderate American Muslims think nothing like Wahhabis from Saudi Arabia. In this "erudite and unusually accessible look into the ongoing struggle for the heart of Islam" (Booklist), an extensive revision of the 1990 edition, the author of The Heart of Islam and The Garden of Truth takes back Islam from extremist factions who have attempted to co-opt the faith, and whose angry rhetoric currently shapes our fears and prejudices.

"[Seyyed Hossein] Nasr, one of the world's foremost scholars of Islam, here updates one of his classic works in response to the major changes in the Islamic world (and its relationship with the non-Islamic world) that have occurred since the text was last revised in 1990. At its core is the tension between traditional Islam, the worldview defined by the 'equilibrium promulgated by the Shari'ah and the serenity of Islamic spirituality' and expressed through traditional Islamic philosophy, science, art, and architecture, and the disunities and profanities of secular modernism that are the norm in the Western world and now pervade much of the Islamic world as well. In rejecting and critiquing modernism, Nasr argues, traditional Islam retains its rich spiritual vitality despite the challenges it faces from within and without. Among the greatest of these challenges is that presented by Islamic fundamentalism and violent radicalism, which, says Nasr, claim to reflect traditional Islam but have actually been profoundly corrupted by some of the modern West's ugliest attributes."Booklist

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