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Reopening Muslim minds : a return to reason, freedom, and tolerance / Mustafa Akyol.

Author/Creator:
Akyol, Mustafa, 1972- author.
Publication:
New York : St. Martin's Essentials, 2021.
Format/Description:
Book
xxvi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Edition:
First edition.
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Subjects:
Islam -- History.
Islamic civilization.
Islam.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"...Senior fellow at the Cato Institute and opinion writer for The New York Times, both diagnoses "the crisis of Islam" in the modern world, and offers a way forward. Diving deeply into Islamic theology, and also sharing lessons from his own life story, he reveals how Muslims lost the universalism that made them a great civilization in their earlier centuries. He especially demonstrates how values often associated with Western Enlightenment - freedom, reason, tolerance, and an appreciation of science - had Islamic counterparts, which sadly were cast aside in favor of more dogmatic views, often for political ends. Elucidating complex ideas with engaging prose and storytelling, Reopening Muslim Minds borrows lost visions from medieval Muslim thinkers such as Ibn Rushd (aka Averroes), to offer a new Muslim worldview on a range of sensitive issues: human rights, equality for women, freedom of religion, or freedom from religion. While frankly acknowledging the problems in the world of Islam today, Akyol offers a clear and hopeful vision for its future"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction
A night with the religion police
A self-made man: Hayy Ibn Yaqzan
Why theology matters
Islam's "Euthyphro dilemma"
How we lost morality
How we lost universalism
How the Sharia stagnated
How we lost the sciences
The last man standing: Ibn Rushd
Why we lost reason, really
Back to Mecca
Freedom matters I: Hisbah
Freedom matters II: Apostasy
Freedom matters III: Blasphemy
The theology of tolerance
Epilogue.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781250256065
1250256062
9781250256072
OCLC:
1151079233