Tuesday, 24 November 2015 16:30

Special Address by: His Royal Highness Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah at the launch of Prof. Kamali's book 'The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam'

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Through his new book, The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam, Prof Kamali provides us with his reflections on the concept of the “middle way,” or Wasatiyyah, in the Islamic tradition; on the ways the idea can be understood, and on its significance. Importantly, as the subtitle indicates, he posits this notion as an essential Quranic principle. What I find particularly attractive about this book is that it is written in a style that both scholars and the general public will find accessible and yet without losing its academic rigour. The book is divided into two parts. The first part is a theoretical analysis in which the idea of Wasatiyyah is carefully defined and then its development is traced throughout the course of Muslim history, from the classical period to our own understandings of the “middle way” at the present time. The second part deals primarily with the various practical applications that are related to this key Islamic concept. Relying closely on the scriptural sources of Islam, both the Quran and the Sunnah, as well as utilising the various scholastic traditions in Islam, Shia as well as Sunni, Prof Kamali illustrates where and how we can find the notion of the middle way in our daily lives and shows how our maintaining of the centrality of this Islamic message relies upon a correct understanding and practice of moderation.....................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)