5 Islam Without Extremes.

Author:Rhodes, Fred
Position:Brief article - Book review

5 Islam Without Extremes

By Mustafa Akyol

Published by Norton

ISBN 9780393070866

Price $25.95 hardback

Mustafa Akyol traces the ideological and historical roots of political Islam. The years following Mohammed's passing in 632 AD saw an intellectual "war of ideas" rage between rationalist, flexible schools of Islam and the more dogmatic, rigid ones. The traditionalist school won out, fostering perceptions of Islam as antithetical to modernity. However, through his careful re-examination of the currents of Muslim thought, Akyol discovers a flourishing of liberalism in...

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