15 May 2011

Freedom in the Face of Resurgent Islam

.... While some forms of resurgent Islam can genuinely be progressively reformist — the names of Anwar Ibrahim and Chandra Muzaffar in Malaysia, Nahdat-Alc-Ulem in Indonesia and Asghar Ali Engineer in India come readily to mind — for the most part resurgent Islam is generally backward-looking.

That is to say, it is looking back, not just with nostalgia but with political, social and economic programmes in mind, to the origins of the particular tradition to which it belongs.

It is usually suspicious of religious plurality and is prepared to countenance the existence of other faiths in only the most restricted circumstances. [Standpoint] Read more