Editor's PickJanuary March 2008

Reformation of Islamic Thought

A Critical Historical Analysis by Nasr Abu Zayd

Reformation of Islamic Thought: A Critical Historical Analysis. Distributed for Amsterdam University Press. 256 p. 6-3/4 x 9-1/2 2006

Paper CUSA1 $52.50sp ISBN: 978-90-5356-828-6 (ISBN-10: 90-5356-828-X) Spring 2006

Reformation of Islamic Thought explores the writings of intellectuals from Egypt to Iran to Indonesia, probing their efforts to expand Islam beyond traditional and legalistic interpretations. Zayd reveals that many Muslim thinkers advocate culturally enlightened Islam with an emphasis on individual faith. He then investigates the extent of these Muslim reformers’ success in generating an authentic renewal of Islamic ideology, asking if such thinkers have escaped the traditionalist trap of presenting a negative image to the West.

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