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Muslim Nonviolence And The Future Of Islam
BY JEFFREY HALVERSON
At a time when violent images of the Muslim world dominate our headlines, Western readers are growing increasingly interested in a different picture of Islam, the idea of Muslim nonviolence, and what it could mean for the world. But is nonviolence compatible with the teachings of Islam? Is it practical to suggest that Muslim societies must adopt nonviolence to thrive in todays world? Where is the Muslim equivalent of a Mohandas K. Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr.? Searching for a King offers a comprehensive look into Islamic conceptions of nonviolence, their modern champions, and their readings of Islam's sacred texts including the Qur'an and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad
Potomac 2012 172 PP. Cloth
Jeffry R. Halverson asserts that the foundation for nonviolence in Islam already exists.
He points to the exemplary lives and teachings of modern Muslim champions of nonviolence, including Abdul Ghaffar Khan, an ethnic Pashtun from the tribal regions of Pakistan whose 100,000 Muslim followers peacefully resisted British colonial rule in India.
Using rich historical narratives and data from leading NGOs and international governmental organizations, Halverson also makes the case that by eliminating the high costs of warfare, nonviolence opens the door to such important complementary initiatives as microfinancing and womens education programs.
Ultimately, he endorses Muslim conceptions of nonviolence and argues for the formulation of a nonviolent version of jihad as an active mode of social transformation.
JEFFRY R. HALVERSON is an Islamic studies scholar and historian of religions, specializing in the Middle East and North Africa. He currently serves as an assistant research professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. He is the author of Theology and Creed in Sunni Islam (2010) and lead author of Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism (2011). He lives in Phoenix.
Jeffry Halverson has written a book of extreme importance for our times. Searching for a King is a well-researched, meaningful, and much-needed volume that convincingly rebuts a narrative of violence that has for too long dominated discussions of Islam and Muslims. Offering a glimpse into the lives and works of five champions of peace, he reveals hidden beautiful teachings and unsung courageous acts that tell a different, inspiring story. Anyone who values peace and desires more equality in the world owes it to himself or herself to read this book. Nathan Lean, author of The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslim
Posted by QuakerBooks on April 23, 2013 2:33 PM
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