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16th LMM Book Club - Tariq Ramadan

Salaam All,

Thank you everyone for attending the January meetup.  Time to announce next months book. From the recommendations of our members I have selected the following one:


Radical Reform

Tariq Ramadan has emerged as one of the foremost voices of reformist Islam in the West. In one of his previous books, 'Western Muslims and the Future of Islam'he urged his fellow Muslims to participate fully in the civil life of the Western societies in which they live, and addressed many of the issues that stand in the way of such participation. In this new book he tackles head-on the thorniest of these issues -- namely, the rulings of Islamic jurists that make Islam seem incompatible with modern, scientifically and technologically advanced, democratic societies. He argues that it is crucial to find theoretical and practical solutions that will enable Western Muslims to remain faithful to Islamic ethics while fully living within their societies and their time. He notes that Muslim scholars often refer to the notion of ijtihad (critical and renewed reading of the foundational texts) as the only way for Muslims to take up these modern challenges. But, Ramadan argues, in practice such readings have effectively reached the limits of their ability to serve the faithful in the West as well as the East. In this book he sets forward a radical new concept of ijtihad, which puts context -- including the knowledge derived from the hard and human sciences, cultures and their geographic and historical contingencies -- on an equal footing with the scriptures as a source of Islamic law. This global and comprehensive approach, he says, seems to be the only way to go beyond the current limits and face up to the crisis in contemporary Islamic thought: Muslims need a contemporary global and applied ethics. After setting out this proposal, Ramadan applies his new methodology to several practical case studies involving controversial issues in five areas: medical ethics, education, economics, marriage and divorce, culture and creativity. His radical proposal and the conclusions to which it leads him are bound to provoke discussion and controversy. Muslims and non-Muslims alike will have to contend with Ramadan's new idea of the very basis of Islam in the modern world.


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  • Raza

    Excellent meetup, the book was a bit dull but the conversations were much better.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Aamer

    To all the people that I had met that day, we had great conversations mashallah and with the few that I did not meet maybe we will talk next time inshallah.

    February 19, 2013

  • Imran

    Thankyou Raza as always a great opportunity to learn and understand different view points and opinions on a given subject, and also a chance to hear everyone's views which were engaging and interesting, i certainly learnt allot that i never knew. what i realize is that the more i learn the less i know ! thank you once again for the opportunity and i look forward for more of the similar

    February 19, 2013

  • summer

    lovely to talk with few members of this group but try to grasp and digest the critical talks about few topics.. but overall it was lovely meetup... as we r muslims, according to islam v say everything accordingly but i am afraid that v dont implement our knowledge in our daily life..

    February 19, 2013

  • Aliya

    Great meetup Raza! Looking forward to the next one :)

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great intellectual and some not so intellectual (football/sports) discussions :-). Looking forward to the next book discussion. Till the next time insh.

    February 18, 2013

  • AM

    Hi every one. Was really nice to meet every one. Really enjoyed the discussions. Hope to meet up soon :)

    2 · February 18, 2013

  • Kalima786

    Thanks Raza! Awesome turnout and discussions as per usual. One request.. Please make the next book choice SIGNIFICANTLY lighter - both intellectually (easier to understand and read) and physically (thinner!). Thanks x

    3 · February 17, 2013

  • Tino

    Salaam I'm on my way, sorry for the delay :-)

    February 17, 2013

  • Shakil

    Running terribly late. Will try and join you later

    February 17, 2013

  • M C.

    Working abroad. :(

    February 17, 2013

  • Zeanab

    Sorry,I can't make it tomorrow, i have the flu.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I will not have the time to read the book.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have started reading this book this morning, a little heavy (both content and and physically !) for the grinding commute into the City but persevere I shall !

    February 8, 2013

  • dana s.

    i just received my book in the post from Amazon i ordered it two days ago, Insallah will be attending this meet up

    February 1, 2013

  • Roshan-Ara

    Salaam. Sorry, inshAllah I will attend your next avent.

    January 28, 2013

  • Dr B I.

    As I am not available at London. I am residing in New Delhi India

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please select books which are available on Kindle also.

    January 21, 2013

    • Raza

      kindle is useful but we cannot limit ourselves to kindle

      January 21, 2013

  • Aamer

    Provisional Yes

    January 18, 2013

  • Keranne

    Thanks how much is the book club?

    January 15, 2013

  • layla

    Hi to all. Do you know a mosque near Kensal green ??

    Thanks Layla

    1 · January 14, 2013

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