Intellectual Debates in Islam in the New Global Era*
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Four top intellectuals from Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States look at the intellectual debates on the role of Islam in the global arena that are dividing the Muslim world today. A number of topics are covered including: Islam and democracy, Islam and the West, and Islam and the other major world religions.
Carolyn Brown, Assistant
Librarian for Library Services, and Acting Director for Area Studies
at the Library of Congress.
Director, Office of Scholarly Programs, Chair.
Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Emeritus Professor of History at Yale University, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar, The Library of Congress.
MOHAMED ARKOUN is Emeritus Professor of Islamic studies at the Sorbonne (Paris, France); Visiting Professor at the Ismaili Studies Institute in London; and Editor of the ARABICA journal. He has been a member of the board of the Agha Khan Prize for Architecture (1995-98). He taught at the University of Lyons before moving to Paris, and establishing himself there. He has been a visiting professor in numerous institutions all over the world including in Berlin and Amsterdam, and he has taught at Princeton, UCLA, Temple University, and most recently at New York University in New York. He has lectured widely from Rabat to Cairo and Beirut, from Moscow to Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo, Bombay to Zanzibar, and Samarkand to Beijing. He has published widely, LIslam hier-demain (1978); La pensee arabe (1979); Lhumanisme Arabe au Xem siecle (1982); Essais sur la pensee Islamique (1983); LIslam, morale et politique (1986), Lectures du Coran (1991); Islam, Europe, and the West (1996) and numerous other works. Professor Arkoun is the the recipient of a number of international awards including decorations of the Officer de la Legion dHonneur, and Officer des Palmes Academiques.
BUTTERWORTH is Professor of Politics and Political
Philosophy in the Department of Government and Politics at the University
of Maryland. He holds a MA and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the
University of Chicago and a Doctorat dUniversite in Philosophy
from the University of Nancy in France. He specializes in the study
of medieval Islamic political philosophy, and has published widely
in this field including critical editions of most of the Middle Commentaries
written by Averroes on Aristotles logic; translations of books
and treatises by Averroes, Al-Farabi and Al-Razi, as well as Maimonides.
He has also written monographic analyses of the political thought
of Frantz Fanon and Jean-Jaques Rousseau. He is a past president of
the Societe Internationale pour lEtude de lHistoire de
la Philosophie et la Science Arabe et Islamique. He has taught in
numerous institutions including Harvard University, the University
of Chicago, the Sorbonne, the University of Bordeaux, and the University
of Friedrich-Alexander in Erlangen, Germany.
SANNEH is the D. Willis James Professor of Missions
and World Christianity at the Divinity School of Yale University,
with a concurrent appointment as Professor of History at Yale College.
He is Honorary Research Professor in the School of Oriental and African
Studies at the University of London, and is a Life Member of Clare
Hall, Cambridge University. He was Chairman of Yales Council
on African Studies, and is a member of the Board of the Institute
for Advanced Christian Studies, and editor-at-large of the ecumenical
weekly, The Christian Century. He is a contributing editor of the
International Bulletin of Missionary Research, and serves on the editorial
board of several academic journals and encyclopedias. He holds a Ph.D.
in Islamic history from the University of London, and spent several
years studying Arabic and Islam including a stint in the Middle East,
and work with international organizations concerned with interfaith
and cross-cultural issues. He is the author of over a hundred articles
on religious and historical subjects, and has written a number of
books including: The Crown and the Turban: Muslims and West African
Pluralism (1997); Religion and the Variety of Culture: A Study
in Origin and Practice (1996); Piety and Power: Muslims and
Christians in West Africa (1996); Faith and Power: Christianity
and Islam in Secular Britain (1998).
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