Islam: Ideals and Realities


in Maḥmūd Shalt=ut and Islamic Modernism

Published in print September 1993 | ISBN: 9780198263302
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682469 | DOI:
Islam: Ideals and Realities

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This chapter examines the works of Maḥmūd Shaltūt to address the tension between ideal and reality in contemporary Islamic discourse. This conflicting need of a contemporary Muslim involved reconciling the dictates of his religion with his environment. In light of this situation, Shaltūt devoted a certain amount of attention to establish man's need for religion in general. His arguments for the need of religion were partly moral and theological, and partly rational. Shaltūt 's most persuasive argument on the issue related to the perennial reason versus revelation debated where he described the inherent shortcomings in man's intellect.

Keywords: Maḥmūd Shaltūt; ideal; reality; Islamic discourse; religion; intellect; Muslims

Chapter.  8709 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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