Dimensions of Islam by Frithjof Schuon

By Frithjof Schuon

Translated from French.
Reprint. initially released: London : Allen & Unwin, 1969.

Show description

Read or Download Dimensions of Islam PDF

Best islam books

Quran: A Reformist Translation

•The Reformist Translation of the Quran deals a non-sexist and non-sectarian realizing of the divine textual content; it's the results of collaboration among 3 translators, males and a girl. •It explicitly rejects the authority of the clergy to figure out the most probably that means of disputed passages. •It makes use of good judgment and the language of the Quran itself because the final authority in opting for most probably meanings, instead of historic scholarly interpretations rooted in patriarchal hierarchies.

Extra resources for Dimensions of Islam

Sample text

Second, it is deployed as a means of preserving the Nehruvian settlement from the onslaught of Hindutva. 9 Secularism in this context is seen as being a badge of Indian compatibility with fundamental Western values through its capacity to demonstrate a tolerant society that corresponds to the images Western plutocracies have of their own societies. â•… Third, secularism is considered essential to preserving civic peace in India, primarily in defusing tensions between the Hindu majority and the Muslim minority.

Organicist notions of identity give way to forms of subjectivity based on the identification of enemies and friends. In other words, the political is a means of mastering difference, but at the same time its condition of possibility is difference itself. However, we now live after the fall of the tower of Babel, and thus we are condemned to babble incomprehensibly with each other. In our inability to communicate, suspicion takes hold and violence becomes endemic. Dialogue, then, is a means of recovering that unity and, by mastering communication, of overcoming incomprehension and ignorance, and developing/articulating a language that would allow humans after the fall of the tower of Babel to overcome strife and conflict.

One of the primary reasons Khatami uses Tocqueville is because he sees religion in the United States as a source of solidarity and strength. Thus, Khatami argues that the religious temper of the Islamic Republic of Iran should also be seen in a positive light. It is not, however, altogether clear that the French �Tocqueville would necessarily endorse such a conclusion, for when writing about Algeria he sees it as a source of weakness (Richter, 1963: 365; 25 recalling the caliphate Pitts, 2000).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.81 of 5 – based on 6 votes