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by Ali Rahnema

Free eBook Pioneers of Islamic Revival (Studies in Islamic Society) download ISBN: 1856492532
Author: Ali Rahnema
Publisher: Zed Books (October 15, 1994)
Language: English
Pages: 288
Category: Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics and Government
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Rahnema, Ali ; Pioneers of Islamic Revival (Studies in Islamic Society); London: Zed Books, 1994.

Rahnema, Ali ; Pioneers of Islamic Revival (Studies in Islamic Society); London: Zed Books, 1994. The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam will Shape the Future.

This book examines the political environments, lives and works of those diverse 19th and 20th century Muslim thinkers who believed that Islam was capable of providing practical solutions to the problems of the modern world

This book examines the political environments, lives and works of those diverse 19th and 20th century Muslim thinkers who believed that Islam was capable of providing practical solutions to the problems of the modern world.

Pioneers of Islamic Revival (Studies in Islamic Society). This book examines the political environments, lives and works of those diverse 19th and 20th century Muslim thinkers who believed that Islam was capable of providing practical solutions to the problems of the modern world.

Ever since they became conscious of their relative decline, the societies of the Middle East, and other Islamic countries more generally, have turned to Islam as an antidote to humiliation and decadence. This book examines the political environments, lives and works of those diverse nineteenth and twentieth century Muslim thinkers who believed that Islam was capable of providing practical solutions to the problems of the modern world.

Islamic modernists, while acknowledging with varying degrees of criticism or emulation, the technological, scientific and legal achievements of the West, aimed to overcome a perceived impasse in the development of Islamic societies. Islamic revivalists objected to Western colonial exploitation of Muslim countries and the imposition of Western secular values.

6. Pioneers of Islamic Revival.

ISBN 13: 9781842776155. The scholarly profiles in Pioneers of Islamic Revival give readers an opportunity to judge for themselves where the truth lies. Third World Resources. This is an excellent anthology about nine of the most influential thinkers of the past century who have contributed significantly to the shape of popular Islamic thought. 6. Published by Zed Books Ltd.

Anyone concerned with the politics of the modern Islamic world will find it useful to have this detailed Who's Who within reach. Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Bulletin.

Recommend this journal.

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This accessible history of contemporary Islam examines the political environment, life and works of those nineteenth and twentieth century thinkers who believed in Islam's capacity to solve the problems of the modern world and to restore the self-respect and influence of Middle Eastern societies. It provides a balanced account of their contribution to contemporary revolutionary Islam and to political developments in countries from Morocco to Indonesia. The book explains the roots of diverse movements in Islamic society, illustrates the breadth and heterogeneity of Islamic thought, dispels notions of a homogeneous Islamic revival, and reveals the motivations of those who have reshaped the political vocabulary of Islam.
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"Pioneers of Islamic Revival : New Updated Edition (with major new introduction)", editor: Ali Rahnema, (1st. ed: 1994; Updated/revised ed. 2005), 279 pgs. Few have detailed the contents of this book; having actually read it I will do so. Chapter contents: (1) "Introduction to First Edition" by Ali Rahnema (`Certain Attributes of Islamic Revivalists'); (2) "Sayyid Jamal al-Din `Al-Afghani'" by Nikki Keddie (Jamal's biography and influence); (3) "Muhammad Abduh: Pioneer of Islamic Reform" by Yvonne Haddad ( Abduh's analysis of the problem, his reform project, Quranic exegesis, politics); (4) "Khomeini's Search for Perfection" by Baqer Moin (Kho's background, interest in politics & as the Ruler); (5) "Mawdudi and the Jama'at-I Islami" by Vali Reza Nasr (Mawdudi's education, ideology, structure of the Jamaat); (6) "Hasan al-Banna" by David Commins; (7) Sayyid Qutb: The Political Vision" by Charles Tripp (the political vision from Al'adalah al-Ijtima'iyyah fi al-Islam to Ma'alim fi al-Tariq); (8) "Musa al-Sadr" by Augustus Norton; (9) "Ali Shariati" by Ali Rahnema; and (10) "Muhammad Baqer as-Sadr" (theology and Islamic banking theories) by Chibli Mallat. The `new introduction' expands the book by about 10%. The chapter titles pretty well inform you what this book is about. This book was updated to include the musings as to why Osama bin Laden undertook his attack upon New York City, and how Samuel Huntington would view bin Laden as part of the `clash of civilizations'. The editor helps a reader understand how the power of the Muslim World began to wane after the Christian re-conquest of Spain, followed by the invasion of Egypt by Napoleon, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and how the Christian Right of the U.S. began their anti-Islam rhetoric after 9/11 - and briefly discusses their influence upon Pres. Bush's invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. I found this book to have nice, tight, scholarly writings - not the verbose fluffy stuff that appeared in so many of the spur-of-the-moment books following 9/11. This book's contributors do provide some nice, harsh critique of the short-comings of those that they are analyzing - this work is not a fawning, apologetic look at these Islamist `Strong Horses'. A follow-up book here is "The Closing of the Muslim Mind" by Robert Reilly.
Uthergo
I took several courses under a reknowned Islamic scholar (who is a practicing Muslim, mind you) and gave serious consideration to conversion to Islam. I digested all I could about Islam and as many translations of the Quran as I could get my hands on. While I never made the leap, I found a continuing deep level of respect for the faith of Islam and all Muslims, from the humanist variety to the militant variety so in the news these days.

That being said, of all the courses I took, it is perhaps the course I took on Politics and Islam that continues to stick with me. For example, many in the West have a certain view of Khomeini as a renegade terrorist. What people don't understand is how it is that he was (and perhaps still is, to a degree) so revered. Having taken the course, I have a different understanding of his significance and how it was that he rose to power. I also understand more deeply why it is that the West (and the United States, in particular) is so feared, even hated by so many in the Middle East. This book helped along that path.

The big names are here. If you wish to understand modern day Islam as a political force, you need to know some of the names in this book: al-Afghani, Abduh, Khomeini and Qutb and others are those whose thoughts gave rise to such movements as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Jama't-e-Islami. The militant strain that is so prevalent did not appear out of a vacuum. The roots were already planted. While it is claimed that the roots of the violence we see today go back to Muhammad, we underestimate just how much these modern thinkers and their interpretations of the Quran have influenced the course of modern day events.

While the book is not without its weaknesses, it is a great introduction to understanding this phenomenon. While it is so contrary to Western culture, when understood in proper context, it is not so strange as we may think. While you may not agree with their conclusions and courses of action, you may at least understand better where they are coming from.
Marg
The first edition of this book is invaluable for its collection of intellectual biographies of figures like Khomeini, Shariati, and Afghani. At long last, the editor has updated the book, and I pleased to say that he maintained the high quality of the volume.