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Religion as Critique – Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace

Irfan Ahmad


Irfan Ahmad makes the far-reaching argument that potent systems and modes for self-critique as well as critique of others are inherent in Islam—indeed, critique is integral to its fundamental tenets and practices. Challenging common views of Islam as hostile to critical thinking, Ahmad delineates thriving traditions of critique in Islamic culture, focusing in large part on South Asian traditions. Ahmad interrogates Greek and German as well as French Enlightenment notions of reason and critique, and he notes how they are invoked in relation to “others,” including Muslims. To move away from the ... More

Keywords: Anthropology, Talal Asad, Christianity, The Enlightenment, India, Islamic State, Jamaat-e-Islami, Reason, Urdu Literature, Women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635095
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635095.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irfan Ahmad, author
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Studies

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