A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent Is Vital to Islam and America by Anouar Majid

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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S. S. invasion     of Iraq had made terrorism worse. ”33 In Cuban culture, suicide is so deeply embedded in the national psyche and ideology that it has practically become a fact of life, an idiosyncrasy that also explains Cuba’s remarkable resistance to its mighty northern neighbor for almost five decades. “For more than  years,” writes Louis A. ”34 The motif of Cuban resistance fighters sounds eerily similar to the language of Muslim suicide bombers. In a poem titled “De la madre al hijo,” a mother enjoins her son to choose death over indignity: Although I am your mother and love you as son of the blood of my heart, I prefer to see you dead in campaign than to see you slave.

60     Much like medieval Europe, the separation of state and church, or the Western notion of secularism, doesn’t make any sense to this rising Christianity. The spheres of the temporal and the spiritual are one and the same. Sermons focusing on prayers for worldly success fill giant churches and stadia. In the Philippines, “El Shaddai followers raise their passports to be blessed at services, to ensure that they will get visas they need to work overseas. Many open umbrellas and turn them upside-down as a symbolic way of catching rich material blessings they expect to receive from on high,”61 notes Philip Jenkins.

Welcome to the era of e-waste. Not that we are doing better with old-fashioned solid refuse. ” Waste and pollution work in tandem. ”48 And now that poorer countries are racing to catch up with the United States and the West, the situation will only get worse. Who will fuel China’s (whose pollution levels are frightening) and India’s meteoric growth when oil production is on course to shrink in the coming decades? In fact, nothing less than the fate of the world rests on what developmental model these emerging giants choose to pursue.

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