Following Muhammad by Carl W. Ernst
Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Network)

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Avoiding the traps of sensational political exposes and specialized scholarly Orientalism, Carl Ernst introduces readers to the profound spiritual resources of Islam while clarifying diversity and debate within the tradition. Framing his argument in terms of religious studies, Ernst describes how Protestant definitions of religion and anti-Muslim prejudice have affected views of Islam in Europe and America. He also covers the contemporary importance of Islam in both its traditional settings and its new locations and provides a context for understanding extremist movements like fundamentalism. He concludes with an overview of critical debates on important contemporary issues such as gender and veiling, state politics, and science and religion.

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Carl W. Ernst is William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of "Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World", among other books.
Published October 27, 2003 by The University of North Carolina Press. 272 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Ernst is fair, however—while he admonishes the West for indulging in negative and inaccurate stereotypes of Islam and Muslims, he calls upon Muslims to participate fully in the pluralistic society the world has become.

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The fourth chapter explores Islamic ethics and the issues it has dealt with over the centuries including the idea of an Islamic state, liberal Islamic thought, gender issues and questions of veiling, and the relationship between Islam and science.

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