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The Necessity of Renewing Islamic Thought <i>and</i> Reinvigorating Religious Understanding

Nurcholish Madjid

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  The Necessity of Renewing Islamic Thought and Reinvigorating Religious Understanding

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A native of Java, educated through college level at Islamic schools, Nurcholish Madjid (Indonesia, born 1939) rose to national prominence in the late 1960s as leader of the Islamic Students Association. In a speech of January 2, 1970, the first of two translated here, Madjid called for deep-seated changes in Islam to keep pace with changes in the world, even using the controversial term secularism. 1 He had not intended for this speech to be circulated or publishedindeed, he later called the talk's bluntness a tactical blunder but he did not disavow the ideas expressed in the speech. 2 The second talk translated here, delivered in 1972, was an attempt to develop these ideas further, and his 1984 doctoral dissertation under Fazlur Rahman at the University of Chicago (see chapter 31)on the thirteenth-to-fourteenthcentury Islamic reformer Ibn Taymiyyasought to reexplain his views with greater historical and philosophical sophistication. 3 Still an active and controversial figure in Indonesian Islamic debates, Madjid now heads a private Islamic research institute. 4

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