Muslims and Modernity: Current Debates, by Clinton Bennett
Clinton Bennett, Muslims and Modernity: Current Debates, Continuum, London, New York, 2005.
Can democracy flourish in Muslim society? What does the Qur’an say about women, minorities, human rights? Are Islam and the West on a collision course? After 9/11, much has been written about the inevitability of a clash between Islam and the West, as their worldviews compete for global supremacy. Recent developments have done little to challenge this thesis, or the West’s negative image of Islam. The author compares and contrasts contributions from “traditional” and “progressive” Muslims. Voicing at least two Muslim opinions in each area of debate, this book challenges the idea that all Muslims think identically. While Muslims and Modernity is designed primarily for use an undergraduate textbook, reference to accessible Internet material, to literature and to popular as well as scholarly sources will broaden its appeal to a general readership. This book’s discussion draws on post-colonial theory, feminist analyses, anthropology, cultural and religious studies, politics and philosophy.