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This short and accessible rebuts the misconceptions about Islam articulated by many European intellectuals down the centuries. For non-Muslims these still obstruct a clear understanding of both the nature of Islam and the history of Christian/Muslim interactions. Th eauthor demonstrates the very recent politically motivated abd theologically dubious nature of the assertions of so-called Islamic fundamentalist movements. He contrasts them with sociall y progressive Muslim thinkers who have sought to address the inescapable questions of the modern world.
” … suggests a rationally satisfying way of being Muslim in the contemporary world. His analysis echoes the disquiet many muslims feel about fanatical fundamentalism.”
— Professor Ziauddin Sardar, author of The Future of MuslimCivilisation and Introducing Islam