- 280 pages
- A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent Is Vital to Islam and America
- Anouar Majid
- 04 April 2019 Anouar Majid
A Call For Heresy Discovers Unexpected Common Ground In One Of The Most Inflammatory Issues Of The Twenty First Century The Deepening Conflict Between The Islamic World And The United States Moving Beyond Simplistic Answers, Anouar Majid Argues That The Islamic World And The United States Are Both In Precipitous States Of Decline Because, In Each, Religious, Political, And Economic Orthodoxies Have Silenced The Voices Of Their Most Creative Thinkers The Visionary Nonconformists, Radicals, And Revolutionaries Who Are Often Dismissed, Or Even Punished, As Heretics The United States And Contemporary Islam Share Far Than Partisans On Either Side Admit, Majid Provocatively Argues, And This Clash Of Civilizations Is In Reality A Clash Of Competing Fundamentalisms Illustrating This Point, He Draws Surprising Parallels Between The Histories And Cultures Of Islam And The United States And Their Shortsighted Suppression Of Heresy Zandaqa, In Arabic , From Muslim Poets And Philosophers Like Ibn Rushd Known In The West As Averro S To The Freethinker Thomas Paine, And From Abu Bakr Razi And Al Farabi To Thomas Jefferson And Abraham Lincoln He Finds Bitter Irony In The Fact That Islamic Culture Is Now At War With A Nation Whose Ideals Are Losing Ground To The Reactionary Forces That Have Long Condemned Islam To Stagnation The Solution, Majid Concludes, Is A Long Overdue Revival Of Dissent Heresy Is No Longer A Contrarian S Luxury, For Only Through Encouraging An Engaged And Progressive Intellectual Tradition Can The Nations Reverse Their Decline And Finally Work Together For Global Justice And The Common Good Of Humanity.
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