Anouar Majid's A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent Is Vital to Islam and America PDF

By Anouar Majid

ISBN-10: 0816651280

ISBN-13: 9780816651283

A decision for Heresy discovers unforeseen universal flooring in a single of the main inflammatory problems with the twenty-first century: the deepening clash among the Islamic international and the USA. relocating past simplistic solutions, Anouar Majid argues that the Islamic international and the USA are either in precipitous states of decline simply because, in each one, non secular, political, and monetary orthodoxies have silenced the voices in their so much inventive thinkers—the visionary nonconformists, radicals, and revolutionaries who're usually brushed off, or perhaps punished, as heretics. the us and modern Islam proportion way over partisans on each side admit, Majid provocatively argues, and this “clash of civilizations” is in fact a conflict of competing fundamentalisms. Illustrating this element, he attracts superb parallels among the histories and cultures of Islam and the U.S. and their shortsighted suppression of heresy (zandaqa in Arabic), from Muslim poets and philosophers like Ibn Rushd (known within the West as Averroës) to the freethinker Thomas Paine, and from Abu Bakr Razi and Al-Farabi to Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. He unearths sour irony within the indisputable fact that Islamic tradition is now at struggle with a kingdom whose beliefs are wasting floor to the reactionary forces that experience lengthy condemned Islam to stagnation. the answer, Majid concludes, is a long-overdue revival of dissent. Heresy is not any longer a contrarian’s luxurious, for under via encouraging an engaged and innovative highbrow culture can the international locations opposite their decline and eventually interact for worldwide justice and the typical reliable of humanity. Anouar Majid is founding chair and professor of English on the college of latest England and the writer of Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and distinction within the Post-Andalusian Age; Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric global; and Si Yussef, a singular. he's additionally cofounder and editor of Tingis, a Moroccan-American journal of principles and tradition.

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