The Resource Islam and the challenge of civilization, Abdelwahab Meddeb ; translated by Jane Kuntz

Islam and the challenge of civilization, Abdelwahab Meddeb ; translated by Jane Kuntz

Label
Islam and the challenge of civilization
Title
Islam and the challenge of civilization
Statement of responsibility
Abdelwahab Meddeb ; translated by Jane Kuntz
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
Abdelwahab Meddeb makes an urgent case for an Islamic reformation, located squarely in Western Europe, now home to millions of Muslims, where Christianity and Judaism have come to coexist with secular humanism and positivist law. He is not advocating "moderate" Islam, which he characterizes as thinly disguised Wahabism, but rather an Islam inspired by the great Sufi thinkers, whose practice of religion was not bound by doctrine. To accomplish this, Meddeb returns to the doctrinal question of the text as transcription of the uncreated word of God and calls upon Muslims to distinguish between Islam's spiritual message and the temporal, material, and historically grounded origins of its founding scriptures. He contrasts periods of Islamic history--when philosophers and theologians engaged in lively dialogue with other faiths and civilizations, and contributed to transmitting the Hellenistic tradition to early modern Europe--with modern Islam's collective amnesia of this past. Meddeb wages a war of interpretations in this book, in his attempt to demonstrate that Muslims cannot join the concert of nations unless they set aside outmoded notions such as jihad and realize that feuding among the monotheisms must give way to the more important issue of what it means to be a citizen in today's post-religious global setting
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
297.2/709051
Index
no index present
LC call number
BP161.3
LC item number
.M43 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Islam and the challenge of civilization, Abdelwahab Meddeb ; translated by Jane Kuntz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Religion and violence -- The Koran as myth -- The clash of interpretations -- On the Arab decline -- Civilization or extinction -- Enlightenment between high and low voltage -- The physics and metaphysics of nature -- Epilogue: religion and cosmopolitics -- Appendixes. The veil unveiled: dialogue with Christian Jambet -- Obama in Cairo
Control code
ocn846997935
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 175 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823252916
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt132m03v
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b33048575
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)846997935
  • pebcs0823251241

Library Locations

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