Tradition and Modernity

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248 pp., 6 x 9
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ISBN: 9781589019492 (1589019490)

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May 2013
LC: 2012012108

Tradition and Modernity
Christian and Muslim Perspectives
David Marshall, Editor
Afterword by Rowan Williams
Tradition and Modernity focuses on how Christians and Muslims connect their traditions to modernity, looking especially at understandings of history, changing patterns of authority, and approaches to freedom. The volume includes a selection of relevant texts from 19th- and 20th-century thinkers, from John Henry Newman to Tariq Ramadan, accompanied by illuminating commentaries.
The Reverend Dr. David Marshall is the academic director of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Building Bridges seminar and a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University.
Reviews
"This book engages not only scholars, but also all believers who care about the future of humanity and the role religion has in contributing to a better coexistence and cooperation between different cultures and ideologies."—Islamochristiana

"Indispensable reading for all those with an interest in contemporary Christianity and Islam."—Church Times

"The relation of ancient sacred traditions to modernity has been central and sometimes deeply troubling for all religions. These timely and searching essays reflect on that relationship with learning, imagination, and openness. It is indispensable reading for all those concerned with contemporary Christianity and Islam."—Gavin D'Costa, professor of Catholic theology, University of Bristol

"Any serious discussion of the relations between tradition and modernity, and of the many ways in which these may be construed and pursued within faiths which between them comprise half of humanity, is genuinely important. But more than that, this book is an education in modes of thinking outside the individualistic positivist paradigm and an introduction to the special character of the dialogue between theology and historical sociology as disciplines sharing similar hermeneutic problems."—David Martin, Fellow of the British Academy and Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics

Table of Contents
Introduction
David Marshall

Part I: Surveys
1. Tradition and History in Islam: Primitivism in Islamic Thought and Scripture
Vincent J. Cornell
2. Tradition
Janet Soskice
3. Religious Authority and the Challenges of Modernity
Philip Jenkins
4. Between Traditional and New Forms of Authority in Modern Islam
Recep entürk
5. Freedoms of Speech and Religion in the Islamic Context
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
6. Christianity, Modernity, and Freedom
David Bentley Hart

Part II: Christian and Muslim Thinkers on Tradition and Modernity
7. John Henry Newman (1801—90)
Texts
Newman on Revelation, Hermeneutics, and Conscience
Stephen M. Fields
8. Muhammad 'Abduh (1849—1905)
Texts
Muhammad 'Abduh: A Sufi-Inspired Modernist?
Vincent J. Cornell
9. Sayyid Abu l-A'la' Mawdudi (1903—79)
Texts
Mawdudi and the Challenges of Modernity
Abdullah Saeed
10. Lesslie Newbigin (1909—98)
Texts
Newbigin and the Critique of Modernity
Paul Weston
11. Alasdair MacIntyre (1929— )
Text
MacIntyre on Tradition
John Milbank
12. Seyyed Hossein Nasr (1933— )
Texts
Seyyed Hossein Nasr on Tradition and Modernity
Joseph E. B. Lumbard
13. Elizabeth Schüssler Fiorenza (1938— )
Texts
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza: A Christian Feminist Responds to Betrayals of the Tradition
Lucy Gardner
14. Tariq Ramadan (1962— )
Texts
Tariq Ramadan's Tryst with Modernity: Toward a European Muslim Tradition
Sajjad Rizvi

Afterword
Rowan Williams

Index