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 international and the U.S.. relocating past simplistic solutions, Anouar Majid argues that the Islamic global and the us are either in precipitous states of decline simply because, in every one, non secular, political, and fiscal orthodoxies have silenced the voices in their so much inventive thinkers—the visionary nonconformists, radicals, and revolutionaries who're usually pushed aside, or perhaps punished, as heretics. the USA and modern Islam proportion excess of partisans on both sides admit, Majid provocatively argues, and this “clash of civilizations” is actually a conflict of competing fundamentalisms. Illustrating this element, he attracts astounding parallels among the histories and cultures of Islam and the USA 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 reveals sour irony within the incontrovertible fact that Islamic tradition is now at battle with a kingdom 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 isn't any longer a contrarian’s luxurious, for less than via encouraging an engaged and innovative highbrow culture can the countries opposite their decline and at last interact for international justice and the typical solid of humanity. Anouar Majid is founding chair and professor of English on the collage of latest England and the writer of Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and distinction within the Post-Andalusian Age; Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric international; 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