The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam: The Quranic Principle of Wasatiyyah

Hardcover | June 23, 2015

byMohammad Hashim Kamali

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In The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam, leading Islamic law expert Mohammad Hashim Kamali examines the concept of wasatiyyah, or moderation, arguing that scholars, religious communities, and policy circles alike must have access to this governing principle that drives the silent majority ofMuslims, rather than focusing on the extremist fringe. Kamali explores wasatiyyah in both historical/conceptual terms and in contemporary/practical terms. Tracing the definition and scope of the concept from the foundational sources of Islam, the Qu'ran and Hadith, he demonstrates that wasatiyyahhas a long and well-developed history in Islamic law and applies the concept to contemporary issues of global policy, such as justice, women's rights, environmental and financial balance, and globalization. Framing his work as an open dialogue against a now-decades long formulation of the arguably destructive Huntingtonian "clash of civilizations" thesis as well as the public rhetoric of fear of Muslim extremism since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Kamali connects historical conceptions ofwasatiyyah to the themes of state and international law, governance, and cultural maladies in the Muslim world and beyond. Both a descriptive and prescriptive meditation on a key but often neglected principle of Islam, The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam provides insight into an idea that is inthe strategic interest of the West both to show and practice for themselves and to recognize in Muslim countries.

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In The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam, leading Islamic law expert Mohammad Hashim Kamali examines the concept of wasatiyyah, or moderation, arguing that scholars, religious communities, and policy circles alike must have access to this governing principle that drives the silent majority ofMuslims, rather than focusing on the extrem...

Mohammad Hashim Kamali was Dean and Professor at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) and the International Islamic University in Malaysia. He currently heads the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia. Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 1.18 inPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190226838

ISBN - 13:9780190226831

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Table of Contents

Foreword1. IntroductionPart One: Conceptual Analysis2. Definition and Scope of Wasatiyyah3. Review of the Source Evidence4. A Round-up of Modern Opinion5. Hallmarks of Extremism6. Manifestations of Wasatiyyah7. Identification of Wasatiyyah8. Institutional DevelopmentsPart Two: Thematic Perspectives9. Moderation and Justice10. Moderation in Religiosity11. The Moderating Role of Ikhtilaf (Reasoned Disagreement)12. Between Spirituality and Legalism: The Moderating Influence of Sufism13. Harm (Darar) Must Be Eliminated14. Forbearance, Bringing Ease and Removing Hardship15. Environmental Imbalance16. Financial Imbalance, Extravagance and Waste17. Moderation in Jihad18. Character and Lifestyle19. Wasatiyyah and Women's Rights20. Wasatiyyah and Globalisation21. Islam between Antiquity and the Modern World22. Continuity and Change: An Analysis of Tajdid and Islah (Renewal and Reform) in Islam23. Conclusion and RecommendationsGlossaryBibliographyIndex of Qur'anic Verses and HadithGeneral Index

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"Another accessible and learned work from one of the scholars who has done the most to bring Islamic law to a global audience and discussions of comparative law. And very timely." --Jonathan Brown, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University