Modern Islamic Authority and Social Change, Volume 2 : Evolving Debates in the West, Hardback Book

Modern Islamic Authority and Social Change, Volume 2 : Evolving Debates in the West Hardback

Edited by Masooda Bano


A comparative analysis of key Islamic authority platforms and their debatesAt the turn of the twenty-first century, scholarship and policy debate on Islam and Muslim societies has come to focus primarily on Islam's ability to make young Muslims gravitate towards anti-modernity movements.

Many attribute Islamic militancy, as well as the general socio-economic and political stagnation experienced in some Muslim societies, to Islamic theological or legal dictates.

Yet Islamic scholarly tradition is highly pluralistic, and today's leading Islamic authority structures are developing competing conceptual and methodological approaches which vary greatly in their ability to engage with societal change.This volume covers the new Islamic authority centres emerging in the West.

It makes a major contribution to refining our understanding of the plurality of Islamic tradition in contemporary times, helping to counter the dominant narrative of an inevitable clash of civilisations.

It presents evidence of great creative energy within many Islamic scholarly platforms (old as well as new); an energy which aims to provide dynamic answers to modern day challenges from within the Islamic legal and theological tradition.Case StudiesThis volume presents case studies of six new Islamic scholarly platforms in the West that are proving particularly effective in attracting young Muslims:Zaytuna CollegeThe Neo-Traditionalism of Tim WinterThe International Institute of Islamic ThoughtTariq Ramadan and the Center for Islamic Legislation and EthicsYasir Qadhi and 'Reasonable Salafism'New Deobandi Institutions in the West


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 7 B/W illustrations
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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  • Category: Islam
  • ISBN: 9781474433266



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