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Title: Qur'an and the Polical Discource of Modernity
Author: Rayyan, Mohammad Rashid
ISNI:       0000 0004 2668 2222
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2004
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It was claimed that modernity is the sole approach for advancement and progress in the Muslim world. And it was claimed also that the exclusive way to modernity is secularism. Therefore, to secularise the Muslim world is a precondition for achieving progress it the Muslim world. It is claimed religion, as it was in the West, is the barrier in the face of progress therefore it is necessary to get rid of religion to achieve this progress. The thesis aims to investigate the validity of these claims and whether it is possible to apply modernity in the Muslim world out of its historical background and without considering the differences between the two contexts. As religion and tradition is deeply rooted in the intellectual thoughts of Muslims, the modernising process requires a new interpretation of the religious foundational texts i. e. the Qur'an and the Sunnah. It also requires a reinterpretation of the entire history of Islam and to be modified to suit modernity. This new interpretation depends on new western methodologies of interpretation. One of the aims of this study is to have a critical analysis of these claims and to investigate the possibility of new readings of the Qur'än in the light of the Western methodologies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: JISC Digital Islam
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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