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Searching for a King: Muslim Nonviolence and the Future of Islam

Searching for a King: Muslim Nonviolence and the Future of Islam (Hardback)

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At a time when violent images of the Muslim world dominate our headlines, Western audiences are growing increasingly interested in a different picture of Islam, specifically 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 today's 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. 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 women's 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.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsIslamic studiesReligion & BeliefsIslamThe Koran Publisher: Potomac Books Inc Publication Date: 01/08/2012 ISBN-13: 9781612344690  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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JEFFRY R. HALVERSON is an Islamic studies scholar and historian of religions, specializing in Egypt and the Middle East. He currently serves as an assistant research professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University - Tempe. He is the author of Theology and Creed in Sunni Islam (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and lead author of Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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