Islam and the Challenge of the Modern World

Shabbir Akhtar

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  Islam and the Challenge of the Modern World

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Shabbir Akhtar (Pakistan-England, born 1960) attended college in England and received his doctorate in the philosophy of religion in Canada. He worked for a time as a local community relations officer in England, but his calling appears to be broader in scope. Since the late 1980s, Akhtar has published a series of books that aim to speak for the Islamic community of England. At the same time, Akhtar has also taken on the role of religious reformer within this community. One of his primary themes is the need to confront and learn from modernitya challenge that contemporary Islamic theology has shied away from, he argues. 1 In A Faith for All Seasons, excerpted here, Akhtar is so successful at representing secular perspectives that a number of Muslims felt he had lost his faith, and he was heavily criticised in the Muslim press. 2

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