The Future of Islam

The Future of Islam

Book - 2010
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John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. Now, in this brilliant portrait of Islam today-- and tomorrow-- he draws on a lifetime of thought and research to provide an accurate, richly nuanced, and revelatory account of the fastest growing religion in the world. Here Esposito explores the major questions and issues that face Islam in the 21st century and that will deeply affect global politics: Is Islam compatible with modern notions of democracy, rule of law, gender equality, and human rights? How representative and widespread is Islamic fundamentalism andthe threat of global terrorism? Can Muslim minority communities be loyal citizens in America and Europe? In the midst of these questions Esposito places an important emphasis on the issue of Islamophobia, the threat it poses, and its vast impact on politics and society in the US and Europe. He alsoturns the mirror on the US and Europe and paints a revealing portrait of how we appear to Muslims. Recent decades have brought extraordinary changes in the Muslim world, and in addressing these issues, Esposito paints a complex picture of Islam in all its diversity--a picture of urgent importance as we face the challenges of the coming century.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780195165210
Characteristics: xiv, 234 p. ;,25 cm.


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Esposito is a self-confessed "accommodationist," (versus a "confrontationist"). Many would consider him an apologist for Islam's many dualistic inconsistencies. Less mystical, and much less humorous than Irshad Manji, he represents a point of view that is looking on the bright side of islam, while willfully ignoring much of its dark side. Despite Saudi funding for his Centre, he is not reluctant to criticize ultraorthodox Wahhabi Islam, which is the predominant sect in Saudi Arabia (see pp. 74-77 & 166-168), and which he labels as “literalist, rigid, puritanical, exclusivist, and intolerant.”

Apr 12, 2015

An objective analysis of current state of Muslims. A good account of challenges faced by Muslims living in Europe and North America with a way forward to develop harmony and avoid conflicts. Professor Esposito surely has deep understanding about Islam and its politics.

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