Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam: Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush

Paperback | September 15, 2002

byAbdolkarim Soroush, Mahmoud Sadri, Ahmad Sadri

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Abdolkarim Soroush has emerged as one of the leading moderate revisionist thinkers of the Muslim world. He and his contemporaries in other Muslim countries are shaping what may become Islam's equivalent of the Christian Reformation: a period of questioning traditional practices and beliefsand, ultimately, of upheaval. Presenting eleven of his essays, this volume makes Soroush's thought readily available in English for the first time. The essays set forth his views on such matters as the freedom of Muslims to interpret the Qur'an, the inevitability of change in religion, the necessityof freedom of belief, and the compatibility of Islam and democracy. Throughout, Soroush emphasizes the rights of individuals in their relationship with both government and God, explaining that the ideal Islamic state can only be defined by the beliefs and will of the majority.

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Abdolkarim Soroush has emerged as one of the leading moderate revisionist thinkers of the Muslim world. He and his contemporaries in other Muslim countries are shaping what may become Islam's equivalent of the Christian Reformation: a period of questioning traditional practices and beliefsand, ultimately, of upheaval. Presenting eleven...

Mahmoud Sadri is Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas Women's University. Ahmad Sadri is Associate Professor of Sociology at Lake Forest College.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195158202

ISBN - 13:9780195158205

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"Soroush's call for the unabashed application of reason to all the problems of the Muslim community is a profoundly liberating approach to religious and intellectual modernization."--Social Epistemology Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Policy