• Islamic Culture and Western Civilization: The Prospects of Coexistence in the Thought of Alija Izetbegović

    Author(s):
    Muhammad Akram (see profile)
    Contributor(s):
    Usman Ali Sheikh
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Islamicate Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Balkans, Contemporary Islam, European civilization, Interreligious studies, Islamic studies, Religious studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Alija Izetbegovic, Fundamentalism, Islam and the West, Muslims and others
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/8h1c-2k29
    Abstract:
    Alija Ali Izetbegović (1925-2003) is one of the outstanding Muslim thinkers in recent history who have re-conceptualized the Islamic worldview and ethos in the context of the contemporary world on the one hand and critically reflected upon the modern Western civilization, on the other. Izetbegović conceives Islam as a system representing a middle path between Christian spiritualism and materialism of modern civilization. However, like any profound philosophical system, his thought requires exposition and interpretation, which the present paper ventures to undertake. Specifically, the paper inquires whether and how far his vision of Islam facilitates coexistence between Muslims and the others, especially regarding the Muslims living in Western societies. The query is crucial because some writers have accused Izetbegović of being a fundamentalist who pursued an agenda of monolithic Islamic culture with little room for meaningful participation of non-Muslims. The paper concludes that contrary to such negative renderings of his thought, Izetbegović was a thinker with a vast intellectual spectrum and an open outlook. Some of his peculiar notions can be conducive to the coexistence between Muslims and other European communities as well as Islamic culture and Western civilization.
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    8 months ago
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