Reformist voices of Islam: mediating Islam and modernity


While it is perhaps understandable that Western scholarship has been paying significant attention to the various strains of radical and revivalist Islam, Hunter (Georgetown U.) finds less understandable the neglect of moderate and reformist discourses of Islam by Muslim intellectuals, religious leaders, and political activists and parties. She presents this volume as a corrective, providing a comprehensive survey of the works and ideas of Muslim reformist thinkers and select political and civil groups (particularly lesser-known and younger figures). Coverage includes the methodology of reinterpreting Islamic religious and legal sources and their ideas on such issues as democracy, human rights, gender and minority rights, and freedom of conscience and expression, as well as identification of commonalities and differences among reformist thinkers, discussion of the reasons that reformist discourse has not been able to gain greater popular acceptance or achieve concrete reforms, and assessment of the current outlook. Chapters individually discuss reformist voices in Iran, the Arab east, the Maghreb, South Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Europe, and the United Sates. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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