Islam and Democracy: Fear of the Modern World

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The Koran
The Koran is a book divided into 114 suras of varying length, from a few lines to several pages. According to Imam Ibn Kathir, there are 6,000 verses in the Koran, 77,439 words, and not less than 321,180 letters. 1 It was revealed orally in the Arabic language by Allah to the Prophet Muhammad with the angel Gabriel as intermediary. 2The Prophet was forty years old when God advised him of his mission. The angel Gabriel visited him on Saturday night, then on Sunday night, and on Monday he revealed to him that he had been chosen by God to be the Prophet to receive the risala, the revealed message. This was in A.D. 610 at Hira, a place of retreat near Mecca where Muhammad used to go to meditate. 3 The first verses revealed to him were an order to be informed and to learn:
1. Read: in the name of thy Lord who createth,
2. Createth men from a clot.
3. Read: And thy Lord is the Most Bounteous,
4. Who teacheth by the pen,
5. Teacheth man that which he knew not. (sura 96)

The revelations succeeded one another from time to time over a period of more than twenty years, from 610 to 632, the date of the Prophet's death. 4 The last verse is supposed to have been revealed to him nine days before his death. 5 But he didn't begin to preach at once; because Mecca, his native city, was hostile to him, he kept

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Islam and Democracy: Fear of the Modern World
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction the Gulf War: Fear and Its Boundaries 1
  • Part I - A Mutilated Modernity 11
  • 1 - Fear of the Foreign West 13
  • 2 - Fear of the Imam 22
  • 3 - Fear of Democracy 42
  • 4 - The United Nations Charter 60
  • 5 - The Koran 75
  • Part II - Sacred Concepts and Profane Anxieties 83
  • 6 - Fear of Freedom of Thought 85
  • 7 - Fear of Individualism 104
  • 8 - Fear of the Past 114
  • 9 - Fear of the Present 130
  • 10 - Women's Song: Destination Freedom 149
  • Conclusion the Simorgh is Us! 172
  • Notes 175
  • Index 191
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