Islamic Modernism Of The West : Reoccurrence Of Andalusian Intellectual Community

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Islamic Modernism in the West: The Reoccurrence of Andalusian Intellectual Community in the Time of Post-Modernity The notion of the compatibility of Islam and modernity has been widely debated issue in sociology in the last decades because modernity is characterized as the emergence of new particular socio-cultural norms, attitudes that reject or revise many religious traditions in various ways. Thus, it appeared as phenomenon of transition from the traditional world to the modern by means of social differentiation, epistemological transformation, and functional specialization on a large scale. It has also emerged by the amalgam of new practices and institutional forms such as science, technology, industrial production, urbanization, and new ways of living including individualism, rationality, and pluralist worldviews in the western societies. On the other hand, Islam has been portrayed with monolithic frameworks, unchangeable religious worldviews, authoritarian regimes, and backwardness. The inherent features of Islam have also been drawn as incompatible doctrines with the propositions of modernity. Especially, the recent ‘clash of civilization’ discussions, the military interventions of western countries in the heartland of Muslim societies, the impact of 9/11, the recent terrorist attacks, and the rise of Islamophobia have intensified the worries on the compatibility of Islam with western values. Since the nineteenth century, Muslim scholars made serious efforts to…

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