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- Restoring justice to Islam: an historical, theological and artistic exploration
- Terrorism is the threat of the age, or so we are told. The threat, at least as much as the reality, has ruined airline companies and tourist operators, thrown national economies into disarray and caused corporate collapse around the globe. The spectre of '9/11', Bali, Baghdad, Madrid, London, Glasgow and Gaza confronts us daily and nightly through our media. Behind the grip of terrorism lies the word, 'Islam'. The notion of the 'Muslim terrorist' has become a colloquialism in Western media. The purpose of this chapter is to uncover some of the lost story of Islam's remarkable achievements and contributions to civilization, including to everything that the 'West' has come to know and by which it is defined. It sets out therefore to restore justice to Islam by turning on their head conceptions that pit Islam against the West, such as connoted in the common phrase, 'Islam versus the West'. Our conception of the relationship between Islam and the West goes beyond even phrases like 'Islam and the West'. As much as anything, our story is about 'Islam within the West', a story of Islam's reforming power in the development of Western philosophy, science and self-understanding. It is a story that promotes Islam to take its rightful place as a leader of reform, dialogue and dealing with difference in equitable and charitable ways. It is a story about not only a sibling of the West's most powerful religions, Judaism and Christianity, but about a sibling that, with renewed understanding by Muslim and non-Muslim, could turn around radically its current popular image as a recalcitrant, separatist and violence-disposed ideology to being the obverse of this.
- Human Rights Issues in the 21st Century p. 27-72
- Nova Science Publishers
- Resource Type
- book chapter