By Anouar Majid
A decision for Heresy discovers unforeseen universal floor in a single of the main inflammatory problems with the twenty-first century: the deepening clash among the Islamic global and the us. relocating past simplistic solutions, Anouar Majid argues that the Islamic international and the us are either in precipitous states of decline simply because, in every one, spiritual, political, and fiscal orthodoxies have silenced the voices in their such a lot inventive thinkers—the visionary nonconformists, radicals, and revolutionaries who're usually brushed off, or maybe punished, as heretics. the U.S. and modern Islam proportion way over partisans on each side admit, Majid provocatively argues, and this “clash of civilizations” is in truth a conflict of competing fundamentalisms. Illustrating this element, he attracts dazzling parallels among the histories and cultures of Islam and the us and their shortsighted suppression of heresy (zandaqa in Arabic), from Muslim poets and philosophers like Ibn Rushd (known within the West as Averroës) to the freethinker Thomas Paine, and from Abu Bakr Razi and Al-Farabi to Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. He reveals sour irony within the proven fact that Islamic tradition is now at battle with a country whose beliefs are wasting flooring to the reactionary forces that experience lengthy condemned Islam to stagnation. the answer, Majid concludes, is a long-overdue revival of dissent. Heresy isn't any longer a contrarian’s luxurious, for under via encouraging an engaged and innovative highbrow culture can the international locations opposite their decline and at last interact for international justice and the typical sturdy of humanity. Anouar Majid is founding chair and professor of English on the collage of latest England and the writer of Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and distinction within the Post-Andalusian Age; Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric global; and Si Yussef, a singular. he's additionally cofounder and editor of Tingis, a Moroccan-American journal of rules and tradition.
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