Abdelmadjid Charfi recovers what he believes to be the essential message of Islam and pairs it with a history of the Prophet Muhammad, a visionary seeking to change the ideals, attitudes, and behaviors of the society in which he lived. The message and its history are delineated as two separate things, conflated by tradition. Charfi's reflections cross those horizons where few Muslim scholars have dared until now to tread. He confronts with great lucidity those difficult questions with which Muslims are struggling, attempting to reconsider them from a moral and political perspective that remains independent of traditional frameworks.
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