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The Medina Document

Ali Bula

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
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Ali Bula (Turkey, born 1951) is a leading figure among the growing group of Muslim intellectuals in Turkey. His first book, published in the late 1970s, achieved the status of a kind of manifesto of the Muslim intellectuals. 1 Bula argues that Islam represents a viable alternative to Western political systems that solves many of the social and political ills associated with the West, but only if Muslim intellectuals undertake a systematic analysis of Islam's applicability to modern problems. His more recent work has attempted to supply some of this analysis 2 and begun to focus on the issue of pluralism, particularly ethnic and religious pluralism. Bula's basis for analysis is the Medina Document, a contract signed by the Prophet Muhammad, Jews, and polytheists granting Muslims the right to rule in the Arabian city and at the same time protecting the rights of other groups.

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Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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