Muslim Identity in a Turbulent Age: Islamic Extremism and by Mike Hardy, Fiyaz Mughal, Sarah Markiewicz (eds.)

By Mike Hardy, Fiyaz Mughal, Sarah Markiewicz (eds.)

Members: H.E. Mr Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Rebecca Catto, Imran Awan, Jamal Al-Shalabi, Moh’d Khair Eiedat, Christine Seeberg, Steve Rose, Kristin Shamas, religion Matters

Engaging with the 2004 Amman message, which sought to explain Islam's precise peaceable nature, this publication debates what it potential to be Muslim in Europe this present day. Shining a mild on Islam's spiritual, political and cultural tenets, and its portrayal within the media, this ebook explores the function Islam can play in interfaith dialogues on peace and reconciliation.

How can Islam be understood within the context of inner struggles for team spirit and identification, an increase in anti-Muslim hate crime and persisted media portrayals of violence, extremism, struggle and oppression? Islam as a religion, an entire procedure with political dimensions and during the lens of Western media, this ebook units out to explain the character of actual Islam and the genuine nature of Islam.

With various contributions from Muslims, Christians and people with no non secular affiliations, this choice of essays reply to the King of Jordan's Amman Message - an initiative trying to make clear Islam as a faith of peace - in mild of modern overseas occasions similar to the Charlie Hebdo controversy. featuring clean views on a regularly misrepresented faith, this booklet bargains a platform for debate approximately Islam's position inside of Western tradition and political structures, and the function that religion groups can play in looking peace and reconciliation.

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The Muslim contribution to this has a history of over 1300 years, a history that has not always been an easy story and has often been a misunderstood one. 5. ammanmessage. com. 6. A takfīri is a Sunni Muslim who believes another to be an apostate. Takfīri is taken from the Arabic word takfīr, meaning apostasy, and is also related to the word for apostate, kāfir. It broadly designates one who makes an accusation of apostasy. REFERENCES Abdullah II (HRH) (2011) Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril.

His Royal Highness saw a need to reaffirm ‘what Islam is and what it is not, and what actions represent it and what actions do not’ (RABIIT 2004). When we add the Three Points of the Amman Message, the three theologically sound, legally valid and consensually definitive statements made accessible to a wide range of people, we have a powerful resource. Taken as a whole, both the Amman Message and its Three Points talk to multiple and complex audiences: while not tied to one particular Islamic school of thought,3 the Three Points define who is Muslim while the Message, by outlining Islam’s defining qualities, goes beyond Muslims, meeting the needs of a dual audience in Europe and acknowledging the importance of non-Muslims in this respect.

Religious leaders were involved in many of the activities of the Project, such as outbound visits, workshops, seminars and conferences. In particular, a training workshop for 140 imams and ten women preachers was held with the specific goal of promoting the Amman Message. In addition to this, a training manual was prepared for use by religious leaders, as well as teachers (in line with youth engagement), and was designed on the basis of the results of a questionnaire that had been issued to identify the specific needs and experiences of its users.

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