Islamic Reformism Analytical Essay by Nicky

Islamic Reformism
Looks at Islamic reformism, the process that has been redefining its doctrines and practices over the years.
# 146738 | 1,095 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jan 14, 2011 in Religion and Theology (Islam) , Sociology (General)

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This paper explains that the redefinition of Islam relates to the socio-economic environment, political factors and the key personalities that shape the religion's character and direction. Next, the author relates the traditional, Islamic and modern frameworks and the key figures including Afghani, Abduh, Raziq and Khomeini that guide the Islamic reform. The paper concludes that, although Islam is open to empowering its members to question the rationality of its leaders' very often unilateral decision-making, these challenges always must be made within the basic tenets of the Qur'an.

From the Paper:

"Within the process of introspection, one would ask as to how receptive is Islam when it comes to change. Mernissi (1992) noted that the receptiveness of the west as seen in the practice of democracy is the key its success. A demand for the ideals emerged in the slogans of the masses who marched in the streets of Algiers, Tunis and Rabat to protest the gulf War and bombing of Baghdad. When the masses shout their desire for democracy, fear enters the corridors of entrenched power. Those who have control over decision making will naturally try to transfer the ancestral fear of the West into the idea of democracy itself."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Rippin, A. (2005) Muslims: Their Beliefs and Practices. New York: Routledge Mernissi, F. (1992) Islam and Democracy: Fear of the Modern World. Cambridge: Perseus Books Publishing.
  • Elias, J. (1999) Islam: Religions of the World. London: Routledge.
  • Lee, R. (1997) Overcoming Tradition and Modernity: The Search for Islamic Authenticity. Boulder: Westview.

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