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Download e-book for kindle: Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of by Jonathan A. C. Brown

By Jonathan A. C. Brown

ISBN-10: 1780744218

ISBN-13: 9781780744216

Few issues galvanize controversy within the smooth global just like the faith introduced by means of Muhammad. glossy media are replete with alarm over jihad, less than age marriage and the specter of amputation or stoning less than Shariah legislation. occasionally hearsay, occasionally dependent in truth and infrequently misunderstood, the tenets of Islamic legislation and dogma weren't set within the religion's founding moments. They have been constructed over centuries via the clerical type of Muslim scholars.

Misquoting Muhammad takes the reader again in time via Islamic civilization and strains how and why such controversies constructed, providing an within view into how key and arguable features of Islam took form. From the protests of the Arab Spring to Istanbul on the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and from the ochre purple partitions of Delhi's nice mosques to the exchange routes of Islam's Indian Ocean international, Misquoting Muhammad lays out how Muslim intellectuals have sought to stability cause and revelation, weigh technological know-how and faith, and negotiate the everlasting truths of scripture amid transferring values.

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Can we be clear ? And does that clarity come through searching, through trying to find out what others say, from the highest teacher to the ordinary preacher in a church round the corner ? Have you got to go to somebody to find out ? Yet that is what we are doing, is it not ? We read innumerable books, we attend many meetings and discuss, we join various organizations-trying thereby to find a remedy to the conflict, to the miseries in our lives. Or, if we don't do all that, we think we have found ; that is we say that a particular organization, a particular teacher, a particular book satisfies us ; we have found everything we want in that; and we remain in that, crystallized and enclosed.

If belief, belief is no had accept a we desire to If we the fear. is fear. belief a belief accept to accept desire the desire what would happen to us ? Shouldn't we be very frightened of what might happen ? If we had no pattern of action, based on a belief-either in God, or in communism, or in socialism, or in imperialism, or in some kind of religious formula, some dogma in which we are conditioned-we should feel utterly lost, shouldn't we ? And is not this accept­ ance of a belief the covering up of that fear-the fear of being really nothing, of being empty ?

It acts as a screen through which we are looking at ourselves. And can we look at ourselves without beliefs ? If we remove those beliefs, the many beliefs that one has, is there anything left to look at ? If we have no beliefs with which the mind has identified itself, then the mind, without identification, is capable of looking at itself as it is-and then, surely, there is the beginning of the understanding of oneself. It is really a very interesting problem, this question of belief and knowledge.

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