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The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam: The Qur'anic Principle of Wasatiyyah

ISBN : 9780190226831

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Author: 
Mohammad Hashim Kamali; Tariq Ramadan
Pages
336 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
163 x 237 mm
Pub date
Jul 2015
Series
Religion and Global Politics
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In The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam, leading Islamic law expert Mohammad Hashim Kamali examines the concept of wasatiyyah, or moderation, arguing that scholars, religious communities, and policy circles alike must have access to this governing principle that drives the silent majority of Muslims, rather than focusing on the extremist fringe. Kamali explores wasatiyyah in both historical/conceptual terms and in contemporary/practical terms. Tracing the definition and scope of the concept from the foundational sources of Islam, the Qu'ran and Hadith, he demonstrates that wasatiyyah has a long and well-developed history in Islamic law and applies the concept to contemporary issues of global policy, such as justice, women's rights, environmental and financial balance, and globalization. Framing his work as an open dialogue against a now-decades long formulation of the arguably destructive Huntingtonian "clash of civilizations" thesis as well as the public rhetoric of fear of Muslim extremism since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Kamali connects historical conceptions of wasatiyyah to the themes of state and international law, governance, and cultural maladies in the Muslim world and beyond. Both a descriptive and prescriptive meditation on a key but often neglected principle of Islam, The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam provides insight into an idea that is in the strategic interest of the West both to show and practice for themselves and to recognize in Muslim countries.

Index: 

Foreword
I. Introduction
Part One: Conceptual Analysis
II. Definition and Scope of Wasatiyyah
III. Review of the Source Evidence
IV. A Round-up of Modern Opinion
V. Hallmarks of Extremism
VI. Manifestations of Wasatiyyah
VII. Identification of Wasatiyyah
VIII. Institutional Developments
Part Two: Thematic Perspectives
IX. Moderation and Justice
X. Moderation in Religiosity
XI. The Moderating Role of Ikhtilaf (Reasoned Disagreement)
XII. Between Spirituality and Legalism: The Moderating Influence of Sufism
XIII. Harm (Darar) Must Be Eliminated
XIV. Forbearance, Bringing Ease and Removing Hardship
XV. Environmental Imbalance
XVI. Financial Imbalance, Extravagance and Waste
XVII. Moderation in Jihad
XVIII. Character and Lifestyle
XIX. Wasatiyyah and Women's Rights
XX. Wasatiyyah and Globalisation
XXI. Islam between Antiquity and the Modern World
XXII. Continuity and Change: An Analysis of Tajdid and Islah (Renewal and Reform) in Islam
XXIII. Conclusion and Recommendations
Glossary
Bibliography
Index of Qur'anic Verses and Hadith
General Index

About the author: 

Mohammad Hashim Kamali was Dean and Professor at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) and the International Islamic University in Malaysia. He currently heads the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.; Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St. Antony's College).

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