The Third Way

Mu Ammar Al-Qadhdhf

in Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195174304
Published online November 2007 |
The Third Way

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He studied history at Benghazi University while training at the Military Academy. In 1969 he was one of the leaders of the Libyan revolution and emerged as Chairman of the Revolutionary Council and President of the country. A devoted admirer of Jaml Abd al-Nsir, he has developed his own Islamic ideology, which he labels the Third Way.

In this selection from 1974, Qadhdhafi maintains that the Qurn originally provided the proper path to human happiness and prosperity. In his view, this path is superior to the two main systems, capitalism and communism, that were competing with one another for the allegiance of the people of the world at the time he wrote. He leaves it to specialists to elaborate the details of the Qurns message for human happiness. His own role, he notes, is simply to recall the Arabs and Muslims to their greatness, as somehow over time this authentic system marking out the middle way was lost sight of. In fact, he says that though he refers to this as the third way, it is really the first way historically, as it emerged at the very beginning of Islam, long before capitalism or communism.

Chapter.  1988 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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