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Author: Shabbir Akhtar
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Title: A Faith for All Seasons: Islam and the Challenge of the Modern World (And Behavioral Science)
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Publisher: Ivan R Dee (February 1, 1991)
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A Faith for All Seasons: Islam and the Challenge of the Modern World (And Behavioral Science) by Shabbir Akhtar



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A Faith for All Seasons book. The book mounts sustained and impressive arguments for Islam's relevance in a modern and secular society. Though the book refuses to engage in apologetic polemics, it is also unashamed about the aspects of Islam that other writers might play down or shy away from entirely. For example, that Islam is a political religion is a fact not at all denied. Another positive note is that the author does not at all deny the irreconcilable differences between Islam and the other major religion, Christianity.

An intelligent, erudite argument in which Mr. Akhtar (whose writings won the praise of Graham Greene and other British authors) challenges his fellow Muslims to bring their faith into the modern world. In the process he offers a clear and concise explanation of Islam's basic religious tenets. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 13 years ago. This is a great, great book. It is a philosophical journey through the Islamic landscape in the modern world. The author attempts to step back and is not afraid to critique much of Islam's approach to modernity: denial, covert acceptance and militant attacks against. He believes in Islam as a viable solution to the modern world's ailments but realizes also that isolationism is not the solution; in fact, it's hypocrisy as many in the Islamic world embrace various aspects of modernity.

His interests include political Islam, Quranic interpretation, revival of philosophical discourse in Islam, the thought of Søren Kierkegaard, inter-faith dialogue as well as Islamic readings of the New Testament. Shabbir Akhtar was born in Pakistan, raised in Bradford in the United Kingdom and went to Canada for higher education.

A Faith for All Seasons: Islam and the Challenge of the Modern World, London: Bellew, 1990, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1991. Islam in the Liberal Age, London: Grey Seal, 1991. The Final Imperative: Islamic Theory of Liberation, London: Bellew, 1991. Enlightened scholars and writers generally preferred it to Mohammedanism, eventually both terms yielded to Islam, the Arabic name of the faith, and a word free of either pejorative or comparative associations.

by Professor Abdelhaq M. Hamza. Roger Penrose, in a series of three lectures delivered at Princeton University in October of 2003 under the title Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe, was very likely one of the first scientists to start describing the. crisis modern physics has been going through. With these future results in hand, the challenge for theorists will be to identify a truly explanatory. and predictive scientific paradigm describing the origin, evolution and future of the Universe. What Steinhardt seems to omit is the fact that, even the ‘truly explanatory scientific paradigm’ that he anticipates will. accuracy, and which have unveiled unconceivable levels of details of the world we live in. The impact, these.

In my book, The Bible, the Qur’an and Science, I have quoted passages from the Qur’an which came from the period prior to the Hijrah (the Prophet’s emigration from Makkah to Madeenah in the year 622) and which allude to the writing of the Qur’an before the Prophet’s departure from Makkah. There were, moreover, many witnesses to the immediate transcription of the Qur’anic revelation. According to modern science, the separation process resulted in the formation of multiple worlds, a concept which appears dozens of times in the Qur’an. For example, look at the first chapter of the Qur’an, al-Faatihah:( Praise be to God, the Lord of the Worlds.

Traditionally, Islam has encouraged science and learning. 'There is no conflict between Islam and science,'' said Dr. Osman Bakar of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown. 'Knowledge is part of the creed,'' added Dr. Farouk El-Baz, a geologist at Boston University, who was science adviser to President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt. Continue reading the main story. 'Anyone who studies anatomy will increase his faith in the omnipotence and oneness of God the Almighty,'' goes a saying often attributed to Abul-Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd, also known as Averroes, a 13th-century anatomist and philosopher. Knocking on Heaven's Door.

effective classification and sum- mary evaluation of the major religions of the world. It was only fitting that it be included as an appendix to Islam and Christianity in the Modern World. Siddiq A. Nasir (Guyana) & Imran N. Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago). Students of the late Dr. . The soundness of the argument developed in that book perturbed my Christian friends. Such an accusation has been made on many an occasion and X XI is regarded by the advocates of Christianity as a remedy for protecting the faith of the general masses of lay Christian$, though its transparent falsity must be obvious to all those who have studied the subject of Christian origins.

This is an unusual book with an unusual purpose. Shabbir Akhtar is an intelligent and erudite Muslim whose writings have attracted the attention of Graham Greene and other English authors. In A Faith for All Seasons he challenges his fellow Muslims to recognize that they live in a secular world of religious pluralism; that they must demonstrate to their critics that Islam is a progressive and responsive faith. In the course of arguing for a more congenial encounter with the modern world, Mr. Akhtar offers a remarkably clear and concise explanation of Islam's basic religious tenets. He discusses its rivalry with Christianity, Marxism, and secular liberalism as ideologies that also claim the allegiance of modern man. Censuring his co-religionists for the current intellectual paralysis in Islamic circles, he shows how believers can cultivate a reverent yet penetrating skepticism which teaches the ignorant, disturbs the orthodox, and agitates the indifferent.
Reviews: 2
Keel
Good book well written.
Manesenci
This is a great, great book. It is a philosophical journey through the Islamic landscape in the modern world. The author attempts to step back and is not afraid to critique much of Islam's approach to modernity: denial, covert acceptance and militant attacks against.

He believes in Islam as a viable solution to the modern world's ailments but realizes also that isolationism is not the solution; in fact, it's hypocrisy as many in the Islamic world embrace various aspects of modernity.

Using Christianity's history with modernity as a model, he challenges Muslims that Islam is not free from the secularism that has resulted. It's only a matter of time until it comes pounding on the door. In fact, it's already begun to chisel at the foundations. The West is not completely to blame. Muslims must own up to the challenge and deal with it. This is his rallying cry.

He takes Christianity to task for some of the results of this struggle with modernity and dissects some of its approaches to and interactions with Islam but the bulk of the book is directed toward Muslims dealing with, if you will, the 'real world'.

Perhaps the fundamental flaw in the book is that it is quite apparent that his view of the West is European, i.e. England. His perception of the Christian (or that of a religious worldview in general) malaise in the light of modernity and its seeming irrelevance does not seem to fit so much in America. Because of this, Christianity has manifest in a unique way in America and it is quite apparent he has missed out on this. While it is obvious secularism is on the rise in the U.S., atheism is not so pronounced here. However, considering the trend of much of the Church, perhaps his book is prophetic.

And in discussing the Christian tradition and its seeming vacuity, he is underestimates the rise in evangelical Christianity (e.g. Pentecostalism, the whole charismatic movement) taking place on many levels in the U.S. (and worldwide, actually). Though he makes a few mentions of it in the endnotes it would be interesting to hear his views on this as the book is from 1990.

Be forewarned: this book is steeped heavily in the western philosophical tradition and gets quite dense in places. It is not a light read. This isn't a bad thing but it must be digested slowly in order to follow him. Though you may not agree with all his conclusions, it is a well-reasoned challenge.