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Islam and modernity


Last Modified:  24 Dec 2011 09:03  GMT

Islam and modernity is a subject of discussion in the modern sociology of religion. It is not easy to define the modernity and Islam as unified entities. Theycannot be reduced into simple categories because they are abstract quantities. Like other religions, the history of Islam has different approaches and interpretations. Modernity is a multidimensional and complex phenomenon rather than a homogenous and unified phenomenon.



Last Modified:  23 Dec 2011 09:07  GMT

Islam is a religion that permits rather than forbids. It is applicable in all cultures, ages and amongst all people, it does not stand against modernity or human rights. There is a large space and room for flexibility in Islam that makes modernity and Islam compatible with one another. All the traditionalIslamic principlesand beliefs are applicable in the modern world. It is not right to consider Islam as a constant and modernity as a variable.Islam is not a stiff- law that modernity cannot cope ...



Last Modified:  23 Dec 2011 06:28  GMT

Within Islam, there is a movement of progressive Muslims that seek to reconcile many aspects of Islam with the values of the modern world. While the Qur'an is notably modern in many of its ideals and teachings, there are aspects of the Sunnah and of Islamic law that conflict with many of the nationalistic, ethical, economic, religious, and scientific ideals of the modern world. Many progressive Muslims argue that Islam has been mired down with cultural traditions that are based on tribal and pat ...



Last Modified:  22 Dec 2011 07:25  GMT

There is a liberal and moderate current of thought within modern Islam. This movement is often known as progressive Islam, or liberal Islam. There are two main schools of liberal thinkers within Islam, those that are concerned with reforming Islamic law, and the more radical group that considers that the meaning of the Qur'an is divinely inspired, but that the prophet Muhammad worded it in a way that was suited to his people and his period of history. This second current of liberal Muslim thinke ...



Last Modified:  22 Dec 2011 07:11  GMT

Progressive Muslims represent a modernist reform movement within Islam. It is important to understand that progressive Muslims do not seek to break apart from Islam into a different sect, but to reform mainstream Islam in a way that allows to better reconcile some of the controversial aspects of Islam. Progressive Muslims believe in the fundamental aspects of being a Muslims (i.e, the Five Pillars and the Six Fundamental Beliefs of Islam.) Progressive Muslims do not consider that a modern reform ...



Last Modified:  22 Dec 2011 06:04  GMT

Due to the pervasiveness of negative stereotypes about Islam, many people in the West consider Islam to be incompatible with the ideas of the modern world. While this is without a doubt an ugly stereotype, it can be defended if one looks at the barbarous actions of certain governments claiming to be Islamic, like Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. However, one should note that there are more than one billion Muslims around the world and that the vast majority of these live in secular governments and ...



Last Modified:  03 Sep 2011 03:41  GMT

Within Islam, there is a movement of progressive Muslims that seek to reconcile many aspects of Islam with the values of the modern world. While the Qur'an is notably modern in many of its ideals and teachings, there are aspects of the Sunnah and of Islamic law that conflict with many of the nationalistic, ethical, economic, religious, and scientific ideals of the modern world. Many progressive Muslims argue that Islam has been mired down with cultural traditions that are based on tribal and pat ...



Last Modified:  03 Sep 2011 03:38  GMT

There is a liberal and moderate current of thought within modern Islam. This movement is often known as progressive Islam, or liberal Islam. There are two main schools of liberal thinkers within Islam, those that are concerned with reforming Islamic law, and the more radical group that considers that the meaning of the Qur'an is divinely inspired, but that the prophet Muhammad worded it in a way that was suited to his people and his period of history. This second current of liberal Muslim thinke ...



Last Modified:  03 Sep 2011 03:34  GMT

Progressive Muslims represent a modernist reform movement within Islam. It is important to understand that progressive Muslims do not seek to break apart from Islam into a different sect, but to reform mainstream Islam in a way that allows to better reconcile some of the controversial aspects of Islam. Progressive Muslims believe in the fundamental aspects of being a Muslims (i.e, the Five Pillars and the Six Fundamental Beliefs of Islam.) Progressive Muslims do not consider that a modern reform ...



Last Modified:  21 Aug 2011 02:05  GMT

Despite what many Islamic fundamentalists will claim wholeheartedly, Islam and modernity are totally compatible. Historically Islam has been a religion that has embraced progress, individualism and human rights.



Last Modified:  21 Aug 2011 02:03  GMT

A question that is often asked is whether Islam has a vision of the modern world. Most fundamentalists reject the idea of modernity in the sense that it separates religion from daily life and from community. This is completely opposite to what Islam stands for and has set up a situation in which Muslims are seen as backward or barbaric.




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