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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
As Muslims grow in numbers, and as Islam's role in world affairs becomes
larger, we've begun to see the breakdown of unity among believers. The
misunderstandings and friction between Islamic civilization and the modern West
continue, but even within Islam, Iran's clerics are split, militant
fundamentalists clash with students from Islamic universities, and moderate
Muslim-Americans think nothing like Wahhabis from Saudi Arabia. Islam seems to
be at war with itself. Extremist factions whose angry rhetoric currently shapes
our fears and prejudices have attempted to co-opt the Islamic faith. In Islam
in the Modern World , one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the United States
takes that faith back, describing and defending traditional Islam against all
criticswithout and within the faith.
This book deals with the hot-button issues of concern to the West: holy wars
women's roles in Islam the rise of fundamentalism the future of Shiism in Iran
Additionally, the author explores lesser-known controversies within Islam,
such as the challenge of modern science to religious belief, controversial art
and architecture in Islamic cities, the role of the madrassas in education, and
urban conditions and challenges in the Islamic world. Islam in the Modern World
offers an inside look at this increasingly factious religion with increasing