Liberalism in Twentieth Century Egyptian Thought: The Ideologies of Ahmad Amin and Husayn Amin (Library of Modern Middle East Studies)
By: Makoto Mizutani (author)Hardback
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The role of Islam in the modern state and the interpretation and implementation of Shari'a law are widely debated. The concept of Liberalism, as taken from the ideological writings of Ahmad Amin (1886-1954) and Husayn Amin (1932-), offers a unique view on the development and reception of these issues in 20th century Egyptian thought. Makoto Mizutani here assesses the roles and contributions of these influential thinkers, and shows how together they can be seen as representative of the 'journey of liberalism' in the contemporary Muslim world. Against the backdrop of recent developments in the region, the author places Liberalism against a broader socio-political context, and offers an original perspective - that in understanding the intellectual origins of Liberalism in Egypt, an insight can be gained into the future of contemporary Islamic thought, both within and outside the Arab world. This book will prove essential reading for students and specialists of Middle Eastern history and politics, and especially to readers grappling to understand the elements of current upheavals in the region.
Makoto Mizutani is an expert on Islamic and Middle Eastern affairs. He has published works in English, Arabic and Japanese. He is Academic Adviser to the Arabic and Islamic Institute in Tokyo, and holds a PhD in Middle East History from the University of Utah, USA.
Preface PROLOGUE INTRODUCTION Aim and Approach of this Study Outline of the Two Writers Their Works and Works on Them 2. AHMAD AMIN AND HIS TIME An Era of National Uprisings The Egyptian "Renaissance" and Its Aftermath A Rapid Shift Since the 1930s 3. HUSAYN AHMAD AMIN AND HIS TIME From Nasser to Sadat The Era of Mubarak Husayn Ahmad Amin's Milieu among Liberals 4. THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE THOUGHT OF AHMAD AND HUSAYN AMIN Paradigm Shift Fragile Optimism vs. Deep Sorrow Family as a Network 5. DISCUSSIONS OF ISLAM Religious Belief Islamic Studies Application of the Shari'a 6. DISCUSSIONS OF CIVILIZATION Western Civilization as a Challenge Easternism 7. DISCUSSIONS OF POLITICS Ahmad and Political Enlightenment Husayn and Islamic Radicalism A Shift in Balance 8. CONCLUSION From Father to Son: Microlevel and Macrolevel The Currents of Liberalism, Secularism and Democracy POSTSCRIPT APPENDIX: SELECTED WORKS OF AHMAD AMIN SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Index
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