Islam, Modernity, And The Human Sciences

Hardcover | April 15, 2011

byAli Zaidi

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This book discloses a largely unnoticed dialogue between Muslim and Western social thought on the search for meaning and transcendence in the human sciences. The disclosure is accomplished by a comparative reading of contemporary Muslim debates on secular knowledge on the one hand, and of a foundational Western debate on the demise of metaphysics in the human sciences on the other hand. The comparative reading is grounded in a dialogical hermeneutic approach; that is, a hermeneutic approach to texts and cultural traditions that draws upon the work of Hans Georg Gadamer and also upon the insights of inter-religious dialogue.

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This book discloses a largely unnoticed dialogue between Muslim and Western social thought on the search for meaning and transcendence in the human sciences. The disclosure is accomplished by a comparative reading of contemporary Muslim debates on secular knowledge on the one hand, and of a foundational Western debate on the demise of ...

Ali Zaidi is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 8.7 × 5.68 × 0.8 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230110355

ISBN - 13:9780230110359

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Table of Contents

Part I: Social Theory and Dialogical Understanding * Critique and Dialogical Understanding * Part II: Muslim Debates on Social Knowledge * Muslim Reconstructions of Knowledge: the Case of Nasr and al-Faruqi * The Putative Modernity of Ibn Khaldun * Part III: Western Debates on Social Knowledge * Dilthey and the Problem of Immanence * Weber: from Nihilism to an Organic Metaphysics

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“Zaidi's book is an important contribution to the global Islam-Modernity debate.” --Ernest Wolf-Gazo, Professor of Philosophy, the American University in Cairo“Islam, Modernity, and the Human Sciences is a complex and demanding exposition of the epistemological problems that confront any dialogue between civilizations, especially between Islam and the West, but it is also wholly rewarding and captivating. Can a dialogue between civilizations ultimately replace the destructive clash of civilizations that has raged since 9/11? Ali Zaidi offers a masterly analysis of various attempts, from Max Weber to Jurgen Habermas, to understand other cultures[...] How can we understand the truth claims of Islam and at the same time dismiss the Other’s notion of the sacred? Faced with the bleak prospect of an endless conflict of civilizations, dialogue may be all that we have to hope for. As a result, Ali Zaidi’s book is an urgent prerequisite for more productive conversations.” --Bryan S. Turner, Presidential Professor of Sociology, the Graduate Center, City University of New York