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Islam: resistance and reform

Islam seems to be constantly at loggerheads with the West. Even before 9/11, Muslims were generally viewed as enemies of Western ‘freedom’ and ‘progress’. Is there more to Islam than violence and bigotry, fanaticism and despotism, oil and turmoil? Can Islam, a great faith and civilization with a glorious history, reconcile itself with the 21st century?

May 2002, Issue 345

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  • Islam: Resistance and reform

    Islam: Resistance and reform

    What’s gone wrong? Why has Islam and its relation with the West become so fraught with violence and mistrust? *Ziauddin Sardar* takes a critical look at the current state of one of the world’s great faiths and charts a way out of a bloody impasse.

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  • Key moments of Islamic civilization

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  • Islam - The basics

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  • Wilful imaginings

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  • Good company

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  • Building bridges

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