Mohammad N. Ahmad
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Books from recommended reading:
Abou El Fadl, K. (2005) The Great Theft - Wrestling Islam from the Extremists Gulen, M. F. (2004) Toward a Global Civilization of Love and Tolerance Khatab, S. and Bouma, G. (2007) Democracy In Islam
Ramadan, T. (2004) Western Muslims and the Future of Islam
Book outside recommended reading, but relevant:
Esposito, J. (2010) The Future of Islam
Abou El Fadl, K. (2005). The Great Theft - Wrestling Islam from the Extremists. New York: HarperCollins. Khaled Abou El Fadl is a professor at the UCLA School of Law, where he teaches Islamic law, immigration law, human rights, and international and national security law. He is most critical and against Puritanical and Wahhabi Islam. The book explains the earlier Islamic education system compared to the current Islamic education system and how this has shaped modern Islam. The author’s writing is objective, scholarly, very lengthy and elaborate, thus requiring the reader to have prior knowledge in the subject. The highlight of the book is its introduction to grouping Muslims as moderates and puritans. It uses a critical approach and backs all its arguments with noteworthy references. Additionally, it presents an extensive academic research into the roots of the problem and the rise of the early puritans and their mentality. The book addresses many of the challenges that Muslims face in this day and age, and touches on controversial topics such as jihad, warfare, terrorism, the nature and role of women, in the light of a clear distinction between puritans and moderates Through his extensive research and identifying the key problems, Abou El Fadl makes it clear that there is hope for the future despite what it may appear as today.
Esposito, J. (2010). The Future of Islam. New York: Oxford University Press. Esposito is a professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies. He is a well known...
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