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Islam at the Crossroads Muhammad Asad

Islam at the Crossroads Muhammad Asad

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Contents
Author
'sNote
7
Foreword
9
The
Open Road of Islam 13
The
Spirit of the West
29
The
Shadow of the Crusades
49
About
Education
63
About
Imitation
75
Hadith
and Sunnah
82
Conclusion
98
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AUTHOR'S
NOTE
This
book
was written nearly half a century ago -to be precise,in the autumn of 1933 -and was first published in Delhi in 1934,and subsequently in Lahore: a plea to the Muslims of mygeneration to avoid a blind imitation of Western social formsand values, and to try to preserve instead their Islamic heritagewhich once upon a time had been responsible for
the
glorious,many-sided historical
phenomenon
comprised in the term"Muslim civilization".This first literary effort of mine on a purely Islamic subjectfound an immediate response among English-speaking Muslimsof what was then an undivided India, and was reprinted in manyeditions.
An
Arabic translation followed a few years later, andits impact on the educated public in the Middle East was, ifanything, even greater
than that
of the original, Englishlanguage version.
The
positive reception accorded to it soongave rise to
other
books, by
other
Muslim writers, who took up
the
main theme of
Islam at the Crossroads
and elaborated it invarious forms and on various levels, each according to his own
bent
of mind, sometimes coinciding with this or
that
of myviews, but more often than not arriving at conclusions andpostulates which
appeared
to me then -and
appear
to me now contrary to what I had envisaged.
What
I had in mind when Iwrote this book was a re-awakening of
the
Muslims'consciousness of their being socially and culturally
different
from
the
all-powerful Western society, and thus a deepening of theirpride in, and their desire to preserve, such of their owntraditional forms and institutions as would help them to keep
that
essential "difference" alive and make them once againculturally creative after
the
centuries of
our
community's
utter
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