By Anouar Majid
A choice for Heresy discovers unforeseen universal floor in a single of the main inflammatory problems with the twenty-first century: the deepening clash among the Islamic global and the us. relocating past simplistic solutions, Anouar Majid argues that the Islamic international and the us are either in precipitous states of decline simply because, in each one, non secular, political, and financial orthodoxies have silenced the voices in their such a lot artistic thinkers—the visionary nonconformists, radicals, and revolutionaries who're frequently pushed aside, or maybe punished, as heretics. the us and modern Islam proportion excess of partisans on each side admit, Majid provocatively argues, and this “clash of civilizations” is in truth a conflict of competing fundamentalisms. Illustrating this aspect, he attracts wonderful parallels among the histories and cultures of Islam and the us and their shortsighted suppression of heresy (zandaqa in Arabic), from Muslim poets and philosophers like Ibn Rushd (known within the West as Averroës) to the freethinker Thomas Paine, and from Abu Bakr Razi and Al-Farabi to Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. He unearths sour irony within the undeniable fact that Islamic tradition is now at conflict with a state whose beliefs are wasting flooring to the reactionary forces that experience lengthy condemned Islam to stagnation. the answer, Majid concludes, is a long-overdue revival of dissent. Heresy is not any longer a contrarian’s luxurious, for under via encouraging an engaged and revolutionary highbrow culture can the international locations opposite their decline and eventually interact for international justice and the typical solid of humanity. Anouar Majid is founding chair and professor of English on the collage of recent England and the writer of Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and distinction within the Post-Andalusian Age; Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric global; and Si Yussef, a unique. he's additionally cofounder and editor of Tingis, a Moroccan-American journal of rules and tradition.
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A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent Is Vital to Islam and America by Anouar Majid