Modernist Islam was once an enormous highbrow present within the Muslim international through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Proponents of this move mostly believed that it was once not just attainable yet significant to teach how "modern" values and associations may be reconciled with authentically Islamic beliefs. This sourcebook brings jointly a huge variety of writings on modernist Islam from around the Muslim international. It makes to be had for the 1st time in English the writings of a few of the activists and intellectuals who made up the early modernist Islamic circulate. Charles Kurzman and a staff of part editors, every one focusing on a unique quarter of the Islamic international, have assembled, translated, and annotated the paintings of an important of those figures. With the e-book of this quantity, an English-speaking viewers can have wider entry to the literature of modernist Islam than did the makers of the stream themselves.

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He studied for seven years at the famous al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, where his mentor nominated him to serve as religious leader for a student mission to Paris. Tahtawi stayed in France from 1826 to 1 8 3 1 , learned French, and became the mission's main translator. He also read the writings of major French thinkers. When he returned to Egypt, Tahtawi directed the Medical School, then worked as a translator for the Artillery School. In 1835, he ran the School of Foreign Languages, his own brainchild, which produced thousands of translated works in various fields.

48. 108. §erif Arif Mardin, Jon Tiirklerin Siyasi Fikirleri, 1895-1908 (Political Thought of the Young Turks, 18951908) (Ankara, Turkey: Turkiye 1§ Bankasi Kiiltur Yaymlari, 1964). 109. Senzil Nawid, "State, Clergy, and British Imperial Policy in Afghanistan during the 19th and Early 20th Centuries," International Journal of Middle East Studies, volume 29, number 4, 1997, p. 598. 21 nounce social and economic reforms. "110 Science and Education Modern science held such power, in the world-view of modernist Islam, that it could only be described in terms generally reserved for divine entities, as in this statement by Afghani (chapter 11): How difficult it is to speak about science.

Article 7: The maintenance of Catholic and other Christian churches shall be met by money of the Christians, and none of that money shall be allocated for the maintenance of places of worship that belong to other religions. Article 8: No one in France shall be denied the right to print and publish their opinion, provided that it does not contravene the law. If it does, then it shall be suppressed. Article 9: All property and possessions are inviolable and nobody shall encroach on the property of another.

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