By Amyn B. Sajoo
What precisely is the Qur'an? How does this awesome record -- actually ""recitation"" -- relate to the existence and instances of the Prophet Muhammad? And why did the faith of the Prophet, which got here to be referred to as ""Islam"" (or submission to God's will), on the heart of which lies the Qur'an, provide beginning to a legacy so richly diversified in religion, legislations and civilization? This immaculately researched, yet while completely obtainable, ebook bargains a trip into the complete variety of expertise -- previous and current, secular and sacred -- of the peoples and cultures that proportion in Islamic culture. the amount examines a large variety of issues and themes. Poets, towns and the structure of mosques are as a lot part of its exploration because the function of technological know-how in trust, methods of interpreting scripture, the connection of ladies to the religion and the emergence of a ""digital community"" of believers. within the aftermath of 9-11, the so-called ""war on terror"" and a brand new international geopolitics outlined through response and reaction to the perils of fundamentalism and extremism, it truly is central to appreciate -- throughout all its frontiers -- what Islam is set and what Muslims believe. A better half to the Muslim World contains an enticing and coherent test by way of unusual students to contibute in the direction of that important strategy of comprehension.
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Inclusions Women have figured prominently among Muslim poets and mystics, but less so among those who have determined the course of political and religious life. The Prophet himself leaned heavily on Khadija as his wife, counsellor and even employer, while women played vital roles in attesting to the hadith and other essential narratives of the community. Indeed, the Quran addressed them directly as moral equals of men, and set the foundation for laws that could treat them as such. Yet the patriarchal societies of the Middle and Near East were hard on the status of Muslim women, as they were on their Christian, Jewish and Zoroastrian sisters.
Steering through the waters is no easy task, yet the stakes are high enough, as Marshall Hodgson notes in The Venture of Islam: If the realities of the Islamic heritage can be frankly faced – its historical actuality good and bad, the problems which it presents as well as the spiritual opportunities it offers – then Islam as a heritage might conceivably prove able to serve flexibly in the Modern crisis. Facing up to their history in this way might help Muslims – and possibly others as well – to overcome the cultural dislocations of our time and provide a basis for creativity in the midst of lettered mass culture, a basis consistent with, but able to transcend, the ‘democratic virtues’.
Among the most effective modern renditions in English is that of Raficq Abdulla, whose chapter here offers spirited reasons for taking poets seriously. They speak to our displacement both internal and external, to longings that the rest of us have difficulty putting into coherent language, or which we may not even consciously recognise. ‘Poetry matters because, like music, it removes us from the mundane, it teaches us to sense the unseen influences that mould us and mature us’, says Abdulla. ’ Secular and sacred themes alike figure in his exploration here, and so they must since poets have a way of dwelling between worlds – cultural, religious and political – rather than being shut in.
A Companion to the Muslim World by Amyn B. Sajoo