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Debates on Civilization in the Muslim WorldCritical Perspectives on Islam and Modernity$
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Lutfi Sunar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466887

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466887.001.0001

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Debating Islam, Tradition, and Modernity in Contemporary Arab-Islamic Thought

Debating Islam, Tradition, and Modernity in Contemporary Arab-Islamic Thought

Perspectives of Hassan Hanafi and Abdallah Laroui

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Debates on Civilization in the Muslim World

Driss Habti

Oxford University Press

Modern and contemporary Arab-Islamic thought is greatly influenced by two major sources: Arab-Islamic culture and Western thought. These sources deal with the question of turath in relation to modernity within the socio-political changes of Arab societies since the late nineteenth century. Modern and contemporary Arab-Islamic thought, according to the Orientalist paradigm, is in an in-between phase in which Arabs must come to terms with modernity and changes that supposedly originate from the West. This approach builds a dichotomy between the concepts of turath and modernity, continuity and change, religiosity and secularity; these concepts will constitute the basics of this article. The discussion is restricted on two prominent intellectuals, Hassan Hanafi and Abdallah Laroui, who have been engrossed in these issues. The main goal is to comprehend the reactions and debates they have ignited in last fifty years or more in Arab-Islamic and Western scholarship. This article seeks to introduce this question of turath and modernity from two different, seemingly opposed, approaches and schools of thought.

Keywords:   turath, modernity, continuity, change, religiosity, secularity, Hassan Hanafi, Abdallah Laroui

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