Contemporary Islam provides a counterweight to the prevailing opinions of Islamic thought as conservative and static with a preference for violence over dialogue. It gathers together a collection of eminent scholars from around the world who tackle issues such as intellectual pluralism, gender, the ethics of political participation, human rights, non-violence and religious harmony. This is a highly topical and important study which gives a progressive outlook for Islam's role in modern politics and society.
Introduction Part 1: The Many Voices of Islam: Cultivating Intellectual Pluralism 1. Reflections on Current Developments in Debates on Islam, Feminism and Sexuality 2. The Many Voices of Islam: Cultivating Intellectual Pluralism 3. Religion and Changing Solidarity: A Sociological Perspective on Islam Part 2: Applied Ethics of Political Participation 4. When Silence is not Golden: Muslim Women Speak Out 5. The Contemporary Democracy and the Human Rights Project for Muslim Societies: Challenges for the Progressive Muslim Intellectual 6. A'dab in Modern Turkish Islam 7. Public Religion, Ethics of Participation and Cultural Dialogue: Islam in Europe 8. Sociology of Rights: Human Rights in Islam between Communal and Universal Perspectives Part 3: Applied Ethics of Peace and Nonviolence in Islam 9. Framework for Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in Islam 10. The Missing Logic in Discourses of Violence and Peace in Islam 11. Transforming Terrorism with Muslim Nonviolent Alternatives Part 4: Coexistence and Reconciliation: An Enduring Responsibility of the Muslim Ummah 12. Coexistence and Reconciliation within the Limits of Western Historical Boundaries 13. Pluralism, Coexistence and Religious Harmony in Southeast Asia: Indonesian Experience in the Middle Path 14. Reviving Islamic Universalism: Easts, Wests and Coexistence