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Redefining Islamic Political Thought: A Critique in Methodological Perspective

 
Obaidullah Fahad (Author)
Synopsis The suicide bombings on July 7, 2005 in underground stations of London left the world stunned, angry and uncomprehending. The shocking situation of devastating September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon of United States had already created an atmosphere of hatred, against the followers of Islam. Since these horrifying acts were committed in the name of Islam, the Western media, the politicians, the bureaucrats and even the citizens portrayed having a crusading mentality of the past being aggravated by the recent so-called ‘jihadist’ activities throughout the world-a religion that was reactionary, anti-modern, inhumane, undemocratic and ethno-centric that left no space for any democratization, dialogue and pluralism. In this authoritative book, the author successfully tries to seek the roots of this ‘coloured’ image of Islam not only in the orientalists and ‘Western scholars’ conceptualizations inherent in the crusading factors, but also in the shortcomings of the methodologies applied by the classical political theorists of Islam and modern Muslim intellectuals as well. The crisis lies in the thought, in the minds, in the intellectualism as well as in the classical orthodoxy, as the book analyses. The scholar explicity explains the pristine teachings of the Qur’an and the Sunnah relating to various aspects of Islamic political thought such as secularism, socialism, nationalism, democracy, modernization and pluralism; and evaluates the reflections of contemporary Muslim Ulama, reformers, activists and revivalist intellectuals. He providing an honest critique to Islamic political legacy, presents a blue print to Islamize the discipline of political science in the contemporary world in order to cope with the incoming challenges of the twenty first century. This book of clear language and vision portraying a true image of democratic, humane and plural Islam, reflects twenty two years of study, experience and understanding on the part of a scholar who has the oriental degrees of Alimiyah, Fadhilah, Takhassus fi al-Qur’an and the degrees in modern education of M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. in political science as well. The book is a fist of the experiences in both the Islamic and modern streams.
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About the author

Obaidullah Fahad

Dr. Obaidullah Fahad is a senior faculty member in Islamic Studies of Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. He completed three projects on “Concept of Shura in Islam”, “Theory of Hakimiyah in Islamic Polity” and “Islamic Theory of Khilafah” under IOS New Delhi. He played a leading role in an academic project jointly sponsored by the Muslim World League, Makkah and International Islamic Federation of the Students Organizations, Kuwait in order to analyse the socio-cultural situation of the Chinese Muslims. For that purpose he visited in 1990 China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia respectively. He is member of Majlis Talimi (Academic Council) and Majlis al-Shura (Executive Council) of Jamiatul Falah (The Islamic Seminary at Azamgarh), and the author of more than two dozen book in Urdu and English languages. Apart from organizing ten seminars, he has participated with scholarly papers in more than fifty conferences/seminars and contributed more than hundred articles in the journals of national and international repute. His books include: Principles of Diplomacy in Islam, Islamic Revivalism: An Approach Study and Islamic Polity and Orientalists.

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Title Redefining Islamic Political Thought: A Critique in Methodological Perspective
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183870198
length xii+287p., Notes; References; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.