In the light of current events, particularly the ‘post September 11th’ debates with much focus on aspects of the ‘clash of civilisation’ thesis, the issue of Islamic identity is a crucial one. Whilst Friedrich Nietzsche was addressing an audience of a different culture and age, his own originality, creativity, psychological, philological and historical insights allows for a fresh and enlightening understanding of Islam within the context of our modern era.
In this book, Roy Jackson sets out to determine:
Nietzsche and Islam provides an original and fresh insight into Nietzsche’s views on religion and shows that his philosophy can make an important contribution to what is considered to be Islam’s key paradigms. As such it will be of interest to a diverse readership and will provide useful material for researchers when thinking about religion, Islam and the future.
'Jackson's book is suggestive, scholarly and eminently readable. It makes a significant contribution to the current ideological debate and deserves a careful analysis by the Muslim reader.'
– S. Parvez Manzoor, Salaam Books, 2007
'Nietzsche and Islam is an ambitious and wide-ranging attempt to rethink Islamic identity with the tools of secular modernity's most radical thinker. It provides a valuable contribution to cross-cultural discussions regarding religiosity, secularization, pluralism, and human flourishing. … Hopefully, this study will spur more such cross-cultural dialogues.'
– Peter S. Groff, Bucknell University, Philosophy East & West
1. The Clash of Civilisations: Background to the Debate and Work Outlined 2. The Historical versus the Transhistorical: Terms Defined 3. Nietzsche’s Religiosity 4. The Soul as Text: The Qur’anic Paradigm 5. The Soul as Deriving from Jahiliyya 6. The Soul as Deriving from the Time of the Prophet and Rashidun 7. The Real Threat: Islam’s Platonism behind the Mask of Liberalism
This series includes the latest research on a broad range of topics from the social sciences and humanities. It aims to provide a comprehensive forum for cutting edge monographs and edited volumes on this vital region and religion.