Magazine article New Internationalist

Islam beyond the Violent Jihadis

Magazine article New Internationalist

Islam beyond the Violent Jihadis

Article excerpt

Islam Beyond the Violent Jihadis by Ziauddin Sardar (Biteback, ISBN 9781849549493)

Ziauddin Sardar is one of the most high-profile Muslim writers in British cultural life. He is also an outspoken critic of Islam in its contemporary iteration. 'The vast majority of Muslims,' he writes in Islam Beyond the Violent Jihadis, 'have become passive receivers of obscurantist dogma.' Revisiting the Golden Age of Islamic humanism - spanning, roughly, the 9th century to the 12th and exemplified by the writings of Ibn Rushd (1126-98) - Sardar invites us to recall that Muslim culture was once synonymous with critical thought and rational reflection.

That was an awfully long time ago. In the intervening millennium, free-thinking has given way to literalism, intelligence to the blockheaded dogmatism of Salafism. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.