In a world where powerful lobbies are vilifying the
Qur’an as the underlying cause of conflicts—conflicts that are actually rooted
in greed and the self-serving secular politics of oil, occupation and social
injustice—how can non-Muslims discover the authentic teachings of the Qur’an?
How can they work with Muslims to overcome mutual suspicions, stereotyping, and
self-serving propaganda? A starting point is would be to recognize that Muslims
worldwide are engaged in diverse and robust internal debates.
While it is an integral part of the Islamic faith
that the Qur’an is the infallible “Word of God,” the plain fact is that there is
significant disagreement among the faithful over what the revealed texts mean or
imply on a host of issues. In Living the Qur’an in Our
Times, the author combines theological insight and philosophical
erudition to delve into the semantics of the Qur’an and its vision. This work
explains why traditional religion has failed to respond adequately to challenges
posed by modernity. It strives to recognize the intimate connection between a
Muslim’s struggle to live the Qur’an authentically and the many ethical and
moral dilemmas one faces daily in one’s life.
Enlightening for all
those who are unfamiliar with Islamic history and the Qur’an, this book explores
foundational Islamic principles that emphasize mutual respect and cooperation
among all people, thus helping cultivate a vibrant Islamic identity in today’s
interdependent, multicultural global environment.