The Future of Muslim Civilization by Ziauddin Sardar
THE FUTURE OF MUSLIM CIVILIZATION
Some Book Contents
- The Parameters of Muslim Civilization
- Permanence and Change in Islam
- Dominant Paradigms and Dominant Trends
- World Systems and the Muslim System
- Project Umran Regenerating the Muslim System
- Planning for Future Generations
- A Research Approach for the Future
- The Future is in the Past
- The Future is in the Present
- Goals of the Muslim System
- The Reason for Hope
- Appendix: Some Features of the Muslim System
- Appendix: Important Dates in Muslim History
- Appendix: Development of Islamic Learning and
The Islamic revolution in Iran represents a major upturn in contemporary Muslim history. However, the events following the revolution have been far from satisfactory: the construction of an Islamic state based on such essential notions of the world-view of Islam as Tawheed (unity), Khilafah (trusteeship), adl (justice), shura (consultation), ijma (consensus) and istislah (public interest) has proved to be beyond the scope and ability of revolutionary zeal.
Similarly, the almost total failure of the Islam- ization programs in Pakistan and Sudan shows that the conventional approach—both traditionalist and modernist—to understanding and implementing the dictates and principles of Islam in contemporary society is inadequate.
Transforming the rediscovery of Islamic identity, which is the major characteristic of the present epoch of Muslim history, into something permanent and pragmatic is not an easy task. Indeed, as Iran and Islamization programs demonstrate, and this book argues, it requires a fresh understanding of Islam, the evolution of new methodologies, and concrete and realistic long-range planning.
For example, meeting the worldwide Muslim demand for Sharjah, the echoes of which can be heard in Nigeria,