By Amyn B. Sajoo
What precisely is the Qur'an? How does this outstanding record -- actually ""recitation"" -- relate to the existence and occasions of the Prophet Muhammad? And why did the faith of the Prophet, which got here to be known as ""Islam"" (or submission to God's will), on the heart of which lies the Qur'an, provide delivery to a legacy so richly different in religion, legislation and civilization? This immaculately researched, yet even as completely obtainable, e-book bargains a trip into the complete variety of expertise -- earlier and current, secular and sacred -- of the peoples and cultures that percentage in Islamic culture. the quantity examines a wide variety of subject matters and issues. Poets, towns and the structure of mosques are as a lot part of its exploration because the position of technology in trust, methods of interpreting scripture, the connection of girls to the religion and the emergence of a ""digital community"" of believers. within the aftermath of 9-11, the so-called ""war on terror"" and a brand new international geopolitics outlined by way of response and reaction to the perils of fundamentalism and extremism, it truly is principal to appreciate -- throughout all its frontiers -- what Islam is ready and what Muslims believe. A spouse to the Muslim World includes an enticing and coherent try via amazing students to contibute in the direction of that important technique of comprehension.
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For Qutb, fear leads to a rejection of all voices outside his own ‘authentic’ vision as corrupt, including other Muslim voices. This is an old tension, felt across history: what one welcomes as cosmopolitan and enriching, another sees as a loss of heritage and identity. Steering through the waters is no easy task, yet the stakes are high enough, as Marshall Hodgson notes in The Venture of Islam: If the realities of the Islamic heritage can be frankly faced – its historical actuality good and bad, the problems which it presents as well as the spiritual opportunities it offers – then Islam as a heritage might conceivably prove able to serve flexibly in the Modern crisis.
As was the case with all tribal shaykhs, Muhammad’s primary function as head of the umma was to ensure the protection of every member in his community. This he did through the chief means at his disposal, the Law of Retribution. But while retribution was maintained as a legitimate response to injury, Muhammad urged believers toward forgiveness: ‘The retribution for an injury is an equal injury’, the Quran states, ‘but IBT021 - A Companion to the Mulism World 34 10/6/09 16:41 Page 34 A Companion to the Muslim World those who forgive the injury and make reconciliation will be rewarded by God’ (42:40).
The open-ended nature of the internet makes the boundaries of digital Islam at once more porous and more subject to change’, Lawrence observes. So the ‘familiar guideposts’ of faith and ethics are still needed as the umma strives, in the cyber as in IBT021 - A Companion to the Mulism World 10/6/09 Introduction 16:41 Page 23 23 the social world, to keep along the sirat al-mustaqim, the Straight Path. The finest of journeys – by adventurers and pilgrims, scholars and mystics – are as much passages within the self as they are outward travels.
A Companion to the Muslim World by Amyn B. Sajoo