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The Middle Path of Moderation in IslamThe Qur'anic Principle of Wasatiyyah$
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.001.0001

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Continuity and Change in Islam

Continuity and Change in Islam

An Analysis of TAJDĪD and IṢLĀḤ (Renewal and Reform)

(p.219) XXII Continuity and Change in Islam
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

Renewal and reform necessitate adaptation and openness in order to accommodate and reconcile the tradition with present realities. This chapter discusses the role of tajdid and some of its allied concepts as Islam’s vehicles of adaptation and reform, and ultimately of Islam’s capacity and resources to moderate itself from within. A review of the definition and textual origins of tajdid is followed by a twentieth-century narrative of Islam’s encounters with modernity and rationalist thought. The chapter also reviews the various manifestations of tajdid in the works of Muslim scholars and movements in their quest for self-renewal, as well as interfaith and inter-civilizational understanding and cooperation.

Keywords:   renewal, traditionalism, Qur’an, hadith, modernity, West, Muslim world

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