This work examines the role of God in medieval Islamic philosophy and theology in a new and exciting way. Renouncing the traditional chronological method of considering Islamic philosophy, Netton uses modern literary modes of criticism derived from structuralism, post-structuralism and semiotics. The author focuses on major Islamic and Arab thinkers of the Middle Ages, from Al-Kindi to Ibn al-Arabi, to study the nature, function, role, and development of their God, and relates the views of each to the textual and intellectual history of which he is a product. In the process, the author traces the development of the Neoplatonic God out of the Qur’anic God. ISBN: 0700702873 Publisher: CURZON PRESS Subtitle: STUDIES IN THE STRUCTURE AND SEMIOTICS OF ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHY, THEOLOGY AND COSMOLOGY Author: IAN RICHARD NET
Islamic theocracy is now firmly established in fundamentalist Iran, and waves of fundamentalism are sweeping the entire Islamic world, and its diaspora.
This book examines the claim of those Islamists who contend that, as a belief system and a way of life, Islam carries with it a theory of politics and the state which should be applied unquestioningly. Ayubi traces both the intellectual sources and the socio-economic bases of Political Islam, arguing that it is a modern phenomenon, dating back only to the inter-war period. He describes its major proponents as urban, educated and relatively young people, whose energies were mobilised, but whose expectations were not fulfilled by the post-independence ‘populist’ regimes in the Arab World.
Islamic movements in six countries are studied in detail. Ayubi’s distinctively broad definition of politics encompasses innovative material on sex and the family, and on the emerging alternative economic and social networks of Islamic banks, schools, and hospitals in the countries discussed.
Ayubi stresses the traditional concern in Islam for the collective enforcement of morals, but argues that there is no case for the commonly held misconception that politics begins from theological principles in the Arab world: the historical connection between Islam and politics can be explained as an attempt by the rulers to legitimise their actions. He suggests that radical Islamists are reversing this position by subjecting politics to their specific religious views, so their movement is in some senses an anti-state one. He concludes by discussing possible intellectual responses to fundamentalism, drawing on the thinking of contemporary Muslim liberals. ISBN: 0415103851 Publisher: ROUTLEDGE Subtitle: RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE ARAB WORLD Author: NAZIH AYUBI
In this book, Habib Boulares examines the variety of Islamic experience and militancy throughout the Muslim world. In doing so, he provides us with a keen understanding of why Islam has emerged as such a dynamic political force in the last quarter of the 20th century. More, he shows us the issues that Islam itself now faces, as a morality, a political system and as a religion.
Boularés gives a comparative picture of Islamic militancy in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Senegal and Iran, amongst others. He shows how these movements have evolved in constant interaction with the state in the countries concerned.
He examines the history of Islamic religious thinking, from the Prophet onwards and examines the development of the four schools’ and of the Shi’i Islam. ISBN: 0862329442 Publisher: ZED BOOKS Subtitle: Author: HABIB BOULARES
In this book Muslims, men and women, speak from the heart about what they believe and how they live. The central truths of Islam are stated by doctors, engineers, politicians, bankers, carpenters, as well as theologians. Islam has a billion followers. Like other great religions, its beliefs need to be taken seriously by all who want to understand today’s world. What does it have to say about family life, money, education, racial equality and pollution? Muslim readers of earlier editions welcomed a Christian author giving such a fair hearing to their faith. Their own sincere answers to her enquiries give a vivid insight into the Muslim mind. This book contains valuable resource material and is of interest to the general and to the academic reader. ISBN: 9694024080 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: NEW ED Author: CHARIS WADDY
In this book, murder is viewed in the cultural specificity of Pakistan. The author shows how several peculiar factors – traditional safeguarding of the family relational system, land, historic notions of vengeance, baradari ties, the concept of honour etc – are all related to the cause and effect of murder and homicide in Pakistan.
The author also examines the secular nature of the Pakistani penal code in a country which apparently derives its raison d’etre from the spirit of Islam. The study is based on a sample survey of convicted murderers in the New Central Jail, Multan, the largest federal institution in the country which houses convicts from all over the country.
The author carried out exhaustive interviews and supplemented these findings with published data on homicide over a large period of time. Finally, his conclusions are compared to those of other studies from different cultures. This is the first major study on this subject to be published anywhere and is an invaluable source of primary material for further research.
ISBN: 9694020069 – Hardback Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS ISBN: 9694024153 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: THE APPLICATION OF ISLAMIC LAWS IN A MODERN STATE Author: ANITA M. WEISS