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Secularism, Islam and Modernity
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Secularism, Islam and Modernity
Selected Essays of Alam Khundmiri

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November 2015 | 308 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Syed Alam Khundmiri (1922-83) was an important intellectual figure of his times, a true humanist with rare philosophical insights ranging over a wide field. The volume brings together Khundmiri's seminal essays which set out his dominant concerns: Marxism, with its indifference to questions of minorities in nationalism; existentialism, which he saw as being closed off to the problems of community; and Islam, which he examined in relation to history and notions of time and change.

Overall, this absorbing collection of essays encapsulates Khundmiri's dual project of situating Islam in the modern context and scrutinizing the modern in the light of Islam. Particularly relevant in the present context of the increasing sacralization of politics, it will be read with great interest by students and scholars of philosophy, history, sociology, Islamic studies, Marxism, comparative religion, cultural studies, and political and social theory, as well as by the aware and concerned lay reader.

Kadir Zaman
Foreword
M T Ansari
Introduction
In the Interstices of an Indian Islamic Identity

 
Asghar Ali Engineer
Perspectives on Islam and Philosophy
 
PART ONE
 
A Critical Examination of Islamic Traditionalism with Reference to the Demands of Modernization
 
God - The Contemporary Debate
The Islamic Perspective

 
 
Some Problems of Inter-Religious Understanding
 
Religion and Its Application to Modern Life
The Islamic Problem

 
 
PART TWO
 
Man's Nature and Destiny
The Philosophic View in Islam

 
 
Al-Ghazali's Repudiation of Causality
The Destruction of Philosophical Inquiry in Islam

 
 
The Meaning of Reason in the Systems of Al-Farabi and Ibn Sina
 
Eastern Aristotelians and Time
 
The Tension between Morality and Law in Islam
 
PART THREE
 
Iqbal on Human Knowledge
 
Iqbal and Indian Sufism
 
Iqbal on Time and Self
 
Iqbal and the Existentialist Thinkers
Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Heidegger

 
 
The Political Philosophy of Iqbal
 
PART FOUR
 
Secularism
Western and Indian

 
 
Some Distinctive Features of Indian Sufism
 
The Changing Concept of Man in Sufi Literature
 
Islam and Fascism
 
Islam and Democracy
 
Obscurantism and the Indian Situation
 
Contemporary Religious Situation: An Existential Analysis
 
Published Works of Alam Khundmiri
 
Index

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