Islam and the West: Proceedings of the Harvard Summer School Conference on the Middle East, July 25-27, 1955

Islam and the West: Proceedings of the Harvard Summer School Conference on the Middle East, July 25-27, 1955

Islam and the West: Proceedings of the Harvard Summer School Conference on the Middle East, July 25-27, 1955

Islam and the West: Proceedings of the Harvard Summer School Conference on the Middle East, July 25-27, 1955

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The present volume contains the expanded texts of lectures given at the Harvard University Summer School in its 1955 conference series. The conference was held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 25, 26, and 27. The general title of the conference was "Egypt, Pakistan, and Turkey - an Islamic Renaissance?" but it was obvious that more was involved than the three countries in discussing Islam today. The question was asked whether there is at present or foreseeable in the future a new era or renaissance in the Islamic world. The responses indicated clearly that one must study such questions as nationalism, Westernization, and the condition of Islam as a religion and way of life, before he can even ask whether a "renaissance" is possible, desirable, or relevant.

The first evening of the conference was directed to "The Modernist Movement in Egypt," with speakers Osman Amin, Professor of Philosophy at Cairo University, and Kenneth Cragg, Professor of Islamics, Hartford Theological Seminary. The moderator of the evening was Edwin M. Wright of the Foreign Service School in Washington, D.C. The evening sessions were open to the public, while the afternoon sessions were restricted to students and interested parties.

The second evening, July 26, considered "The Interrelation of Religion and Government in Pakistan," with Sir MuhammadZafrulla Khan . . .

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