Islam and the Challenge of Civilization
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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All is not well with Islam. In fact, it is seriously ailing. I have September 11, 2001. Th is new work is an extension of the scru-in the name of God. I will pursue this point of inquiry, asking are dealing here with a structural feature shared by religious typically associated with a spirituality grounded in the miracle ...
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...what I will call the “father tongue,” a notion I borrow from Dante and his relation to Virgil, his father fi gure and guide in the fi rst two parts of the Divine Comedy. Dante’s father tongue was Latin, regulated by “grammar,” as distinct from the “vul-gate,” as he said, “which we speak without rules, imitating our ...
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...ism and to devise the best means of resisting it, we need to go back to the founding text, in all its ambivalence, and to engage the confl ict, if not the war, of interpretation. Fundamentalism earlier mono the isms, Judaism and Christianity. To investigate more closely these other believers in the single Godhead, it is ...
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To be Arab today is fi rst of all a source of pride, to descend from an im mense intellectual and creative tradition. But it also denotes a sadness linked to a feeling of decline, uneasiness, and tween what was once Arab civilization at its height and today’s gramme provides a chilling illustration. Among Arab nations, ...
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Islam is a civilization and a religion, but with po liti cal ambi-tions. Today, the fi rst two attributes have been eclipsed by the violence of seditious factions that perpetrate their crimes in Is-lam’s name. Th e shocking attacks of September 11, 2001, were committed in the name of jihād, sometimes translated as “holy ...
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Two distinct periods in Islamic history can be described as dou-bly infused with an Enlightenment spirit: the early participation in the surge of civilization from the ninth century onward, and century. Upstream, so to speak, as early as the mid– eighth cen-during the nineteenth century, it was experiencing the eﬀ ects and ...
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Th e notion of nature does not exist in the Bible, any more than it does in the Koran, where it is assimilated to creation. Th us the separation of heaven and earth, light and darkness, day and Of the earth, he made a stable abode, a bed, a carpet. He raised which bear benefi cial rain, are “good tidings before his mercy” ...
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Andalusia, with its three cultures, has often been evoked as a mo-ment when Islam, Christianity, and Judaism were able to live and thrive together. Without falling into the vision of a golden age of history that fi lters out violence and confl ict, I must acknowledge that this entente did take place and that it produced recognizable ...
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Publication Year: 2013