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The Resource Voice of an exile : reflections on Islam, Nasr Abu Zaid with Esther R. Nelson

Voice of an exile : reflections on Islam, Nasr Abu Zaid with Esther R. Nelson

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Voice of an exile : reflections on Islam
Title
Voice of an exile
Title remainder
reflections on Islam
Statement of responsibility
Nasr Abu Zaid with Esther R. Nelson
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Language
eng
Summary
In 1995 Ayman al-Zawahiri, a prominent terrorist figure recently associated with Al Qaeda and al-Jihad, issued a bounty against Dr. Nasr Abu Zaid, a respected Islamic scholar at Cairo University. What was Zaid's offense? Arguing that Islam's holy texts should be interpreted in the historical and linguistic context of their time, and that new interpretations should account for social change. His controversial claim that the Qur'an be interpreted metaphorically rather than literally further enraged fundamentalists. Labeled an apostate by the Cairo court of appeals, his life was threatened and he was forced to flee to the Netherlands with his wife. A professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at Leiden University in his adopted country, this progressive Islamic scholar insists that change is still possible and that new understandings of Islam can be accepted and advanced. Forgoing claims that Islam is a violent religion, Zaid shows us that, above all, justice and obedience lies at the heart of the Qur'an. At the outset of this book, we find Zaid growing up in Quhafa, a village in northern Egypt. Islam gives meaning and definition to his life. As he matures, we see him sorting through Egypt's various political developments and upheavals. Zaid carefully weaves such developments into the events of his own life--his father's death, raising his younger siblings, attending Cairo University, his study abroad, his marriages, the events leading to his exile, and his visit to Egypt after a seven-year absence. Through it all, we see him advancing in his academic career and applying new skills to his study and interpretation of the Qur'an. He wrestles with subjects such as polygamy, wife beating, inheritance, and the practice of usury in Islamic cultures. He asserts and illustrates that Islam must be separate from the State in order to protect the religion from political manipulation. Zaid's personal story and academic pursuits, reflecting the social reality of the broader culture, offer new perspectives on Islam and provide hope to Muslims who feel their religion has been misrepresented and misunderstood
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
N$T
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Abū Zayd, Naṣr Ḥāmid
Dewey number
  • 297/.092
  • B
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
BP80.A295
LC item number
A3 2004eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Nelson, Esther R
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  • Abū Zayd, Naṣr Ḥāmid
  • Abū Zayd, Naṣr Ḥāmid
  • Abū Zayd, Naṣr Ḥāmid
  • Muslim scholars
  • Intellectuals
  • Islamic renewal
  • Islamic modernism
  • Intellectuals
  • Islamic modernism
  • Islamic renewal
  • Muslim scholars
  • Egypt
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Voice of an exile : reflections on Islam, Nasr Abu Zaid with Esther R. Nelson
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-216) and index
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online resource
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multicolored
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ocm57436658
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1 online resource (xi, 219 pages)
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9780313014611
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  • (OCoLC)57436658
Label
Voice of an exile : reflections on Islam, Nasr Abu Zaid with Esther R. Nelson
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-216) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm57436658
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 219 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780313014611
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o57436658
  • (OCoLC)57436658

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