By Abdelwahab Meddeb,Jane Kuntz

Abdelwahab Meddeb makes an pressing case for an Islamic reformation, positioned squarely in Western Europe, now domestic to thousands of Muslims, the place Christianity and Judaism have come to coexist with secular humanism and positivist legislations. he isn't advocating “moderate” Islam, which he characterizes as thinly disguised Wahabism, yet quite an Islam encouraged by way of the good Sufi thinkers, whose perform of faith used to be now not sure via doctrine.

To accomplish this, Meddeb returns to the doctrinal query of the textual content as transcription of the uncreated notice of God and calls upon Muslims to tell apart among Islam’s religious message and the temporal, fabric, and traditionally grounded origins of its founding scriptures. He contrasts sessions of Islamic history—when philosophers and theologians engaged in full of life discussion with different faiths and civilizations and contributed to transmitting the Hellenistic culture to early sleek Europe—with glossy Islam’s collective amnesia of this previous. Meddeb wages a battle of interpretations during this booklet, in his try and show that Muslims can't sign up for the live performance of countries until they put aside superseded notions reminiscent of jihad and detect that feuding one of the monotheisms needs to crumple to the extra vital factor of what it capacity to be a citizen in today’s postreligious international setting.

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