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Faith and Intellect : A Semi-Secular Discourse on Socio-Political Issues and Divine Revelations

Author :  Syed Shabbar Zaidi

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  • Country Pakistan
  • Publisher Pakistan Law House & The House, Pakistan
  • ISBN9789698372613
  • FormatHardBound
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2022
  • Bib. Infoxxii, 210p.
  • Product Weight450 gms.
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The term secularism has been defined in three distinct ways. One is atheism Karl Marx. French sociologist Emile Durkheim and German sociologist and philosopher Max Weber believed that, through functional differentiation, scientific knowledge and de-mystification, the world moves toward atheism and disbelieving in God. Their view has, of course, turned out to be false. Secularism has also been believed to mean limiting religion to the private domain. This is impossible, because religion is not like special clothes that we can set aside as soon as we leave home. Such eminent sociologists as Robert Bellah, Charles Taylor, Jurgen Habermas and Jose Casanova believe that the presence of religion in the public domain is useful and desirable. But explaining and justifying any claim in the public domain must be done by resorting to reasoning, not religious texts and holy people. The third meaning of secularism is separation of church and state, or religion from government-not atheism or elimination of religion from the public discourse. By Islam we mean its text (the Holy Quran) and the Sunnah (the speeches and conduct of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Although Islam has firm positions regarding justice and oppression, it does not have any model for an 'Islamic State'. It is left to Muslims to run their societies based on their collective wisdom and consultation. A secular Muslim is thus someone who not only believes in the separation of religion from the state, but also believes that such a separation is compatible with Islam. This is also the view of the author.

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