Critical-Progressive Muslim Thought: Reflections on Its Political Ramifications
Adis Duderija, Critical-Progressive Muslim thought: Reflections on Its political Ramifications, The Review of Faith and international Affairs, 11:3, 2013, 69-79
Posted: 21 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 20, 2013
Many of the contemporary political conflicts in Muslim-majority countries are said to pit modern secularists against the “backward” Islamists. However an important stream of contemporary Muslim thought -- critical-progressive Muslim thought -- refuses to accept either a hegemony of Western secularism or a hegemony of Islamist fundamentalism. Critical-progressive Muslim scholar-activists are reinterpreting the normative teachings of the Muslim worldview and developing a distinctive third-way approach. There are several key political and policy ramifications of this stream of thought, including a robust commitment to religious freedom, but within Islamic terms, not terms dictated by non-Muslim Westerners preoccupied with their own security interests.
Keywords: Religious freedom, Islam, shari'a, Qur'an, modernity, hegemony, hermeneutics
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