By Abdal Hakim Murad, Quilliam Publishing, Paperback, 322 pages
These eleven theological essays explore the origins and nature of Islamophobia in Europe and the steady rise of national populism across the continent.
Abdal Hakim Murad dissects the rise of Islamophobia on the basis of Muslim theological tradition. Although the proper response to the current impasse is clearly indicated in Qur’an and Hadith, some have lost the principle of trust in divine wisdom and are responding with hatred, fearfulness or despair. Murad shows that a compassion-based approach, rooted in an authentic theology of divine power, could transform the current quagmire into a bright landscape of great promise for Muslims and their neighbours.
About the author:
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad is the Dean of Cambridge Muslim College in the UK. He was educated at Cambridge, Al-Azhar and London universities. He is currently the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College. He has published and contributed to numerous academic works on Islam, including as Director of the Sunna Project, and is a leading figure in inter-faith activity, notably as one of the signatories to the Common Word Statement. He is well-known as a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’.
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