Islam in the Modern World

Monday, February 14, 2011

Active ImageIslam in the Modern World
Challenged by the West, Threatened by Fundamentalism, Keeping Faith with Tradition

Author:  Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: HarperOne (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061905801
ISBN-13: 978-0061905803

The foremost U.S. authority on Islam and, Seyyed Hossein Nasr discusses today’s hot button issues—including holy wars, women’s rights, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and the future of Moslems in the Middle East—in this groundbreaking discussion of the fastest-growing religion in the world. One of the great scholars in the modern Islamic intellectual tradition, and the acclaimed author of books such as The Garden of Truth and The Heart of Islam, Nasr brings incomparable insight to this exploration of Muslim issues and realities, delivering a landmark publication promoting cross-cultural awareness and world peace.

The world’s fastest-growing religion is also the most misunderstood in the West.  In Islam in the Modern World, Seyyed Hossein Nars, one of the world’s leading experts on Islamic thought, explains why traditional Islam exists in tension with modern Western culture while at the same time it is also opposed by many currents of Islamic “fundamentalism.”  Nasr explains all the major points of tension–politics, philosophy, education, art, the role of women, and more–for how traditional Islam, rooted in the Qur’an and the sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad, differs from both modernism and Islam’s extremist factions.

“Nasr’s writing is lucid and conciliatory in spirit”      –Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Book Description

As Muslims grow in numbers, and as Islam's role in world affairs becomes larger, we've begun to see the breakdown of unity among believers. The misunderstandings and friction between Islamic civilization and the modern West continue, but even within Islam, Iran's clerics are split, militant fundamentalists clash with students from Islamic universities, and moderate Muslim-Americans think nothing like Wahhabis from Saudi Arabia. Islam seems to be at war with itself. Extremist factions whose angry rhetoric currently shapes our fears and prejudices have attempted to co-opt the Islamic faith. In Islam in the Modern World, one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the United States takes that faith back, describing and defending traditional Islam against all critics—without and within the faith.

This book deals with the hot-button issues of concern to the West:

*holy wars

*women's roles in Islam

*the rise of fundamentalism

*the future of Shi‘ism in Iran

Additionally, the author explores lesser-known controversies within Islam, such as the challenge of modern science to religious belief, controversial art and architecture in Islamic cities, the role of the madrassas in education, and urban conditions and challenges in the Islamic world. Islam in the Modern World offers an inside look at this increasingly factious religion with increasing global relevance.

Active ImageAbout the Author

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. He is the author of more than fifty books, including Islam in the Modern World: Challenged by the West, Threatened by Fundamentalism, Keeping Faith with Tradition ;   The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam’s Mystical...

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