By Anouar Majid
A decision for Heresy discovers unforeseen universal flooring in a single of the main inflammatory problems with the twenty-first century: the deepening clash among the Islamic global and the USA. relocating past simplistic solutions, Anouar Majid argues that the Islamic global and the U.S. are either in precipitous states of decline simply because, in each one, spiritual, political, and monetary orthodoxies have silenced the voices in their such a lot artistic thinkers—the visionary nonconformists, radicals, and revolutionaries who're usually pushed aside, or maybe punished, as heretics. the U.S. and modern Islam percentage excess of partisans on both sides admit, Majid provocatively argues, and this “clash of civilizations” is actually a conflict of competing fundamentalisms. Illustrating this aspect, he attracts mind-blowing parallels among the histories and cultures of Islam and the USA and their shortsighted suppression of heresy (zandaqa in Arabic), from Muslim poets and philosophers like Ibn Rushd (known within the West as Averroës) to the freethinker Thomas Paine, and from Abu Bakr Razi and Al-Farabi to Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. He reveals sour irony within the proven fact that Islamic tradition is now at battle with a country whose beliefs are wasting floor to the reactionary forces that experience lengthy condemned Islam to stagnation. the answer, Majid concludes, is a long-overdue revival of dissent. Heresy is not any longer a contrarian’s luxurious, for less than via encouraging an engaged and innovative highbrow culture can the international locations opposite their decline and eventually interact for worldwide justice and the typical stable of humanity. Anouar Majid is founding chair and professor of English on the college of latest England and the writer of Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and distinction within the Post-Andalusian Age; Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric international; and Si Yussef, a singular. he's additionally cofounder and editor of Tingis, a Moroccan-American journal of rules and tradition.
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A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent Is Vital to Islam and America by Anouar Majid