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Islam and the Challenge of Civilization

Abdelwahab Meddeb


In his fifth essay since 9/11 on the subject of Islam and violence, the author again makes the urgent case for an Islamic reformation, particularly in Western Europe, home to millions of Muslims, where Christianity and Judaism coexist with secular humanism and positivist law. He is not advocating so-called moderate Islam, which he characterizes as thinly disguised Wahhabism, but rather an Islam inspired by the great Sufi thinkers whose practice was not bound by doctrine. But to accomplish this, we need to reconsider the doctrinal question of the Koran as transcription of the uncreated word of ... More

Keywords: Islam, Christianity, Judaism, violence, jihād, Sufi, Koran, Western Europe, monotheism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251230
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251230.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abdelwahab Meddeb, author
Department of Comparative Literature, Universite Paris X