Islam in the Modern World: Challenged by the West, Threatened by Fundamentalism, Keeping Faith with Tradition

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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.

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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 Tradition; and The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity. Professor Nasr is a well-known and highly respected intellectual figure both in the West and the Islamic world. Born in Tehran, raised from the age of twelve in the U.S., and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Nasr is well qualified to explain Islam to a Western audience, appearing frequently on Meet the Press, as well as other national news shows.

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