Thursday, 21 April 2016 12:05

Fazlur Rahman: The Leading Muslim Modernist Intellectual

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Fazlur Rahman, the leading Muslim modernist intellectual, aimed at reviving Islamic thought. He distinguished between ‘normative Islam’ and ‘historical Islam’, challenging his contemporaries to re-interpret tradition. Rahman had reservations about literalist interpretations of the Qur’an; he stressed that context was important for an understanding of the text. He saw the purpose of the Qur’an as being to establish an ethical and just society where the weak and vulnerable would be protected and where the talented could develop to their full potential without being overly restricted. He did not, therefore, simply support the views of secularists, who saw no role for Islam in the modern public sphere............ [click here to download the full article in pdf ]



Abdul Karim Abdullah

Abdul Karim Abdullah @ Leslie Terebessy is an Assistant Research Fellow at IAIS Malaysia.