The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam () is Muhammad Iqbal’s major philosophic work: a series of profound reflections on the perennial conflict . This item:The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam by Sir M. Iqbal . known as Allama Iqbal (), was an academic, poet, barrister, philosopher, and. The Principle of Movement in the Structure of Islam · Is Religion Possible? Allama Iqbal’s Home Page. The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam. by.

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They are considered as radical and as enemies of democracy because they do not want to consign Allah’s Law — Sharia, often demonised in Europe — to the dustbin of history but instead to focus on modernisation through extension of the law.

Please help improve the article by presenting facts as a neutrally-worded summary with appropriate citations. If Iqbal transfers the authority of the ijtihad to a Muslim legislative assembly, he is not doing so solely to ensure the contributions of sensible laymen to legal discussions.

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This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Abdul Hafeez and Peter Koppen take a closer look. Here, as generations of reformist Muslims and Orientalists have done, he identifies ijtihad, the process of making a legal decision by independent interpretation of the sources of the law as “the principle of movement in the structure of Islam”.

Repression against journalists A world of Khashoggis. No, the study of Religioua thought had not turned Iqbal into an irreligious European, his Westernisation did not go that far, in spiritual matters he remained a believer in ex Oriente lux the conception that light, in the sense of culture and civilisation, originates from the East. Islam portal Politics portal.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Skip reconstriction main content. He has to re-think the whole system of Islam without completely breaking with the past”. But do all graduates leave the school as radicals?


He is especially critical of these lectures. It was a major influence on Iranian sociologist Ali Shariati and other contemporary Muslim reformers, including Tariq Ramadan.

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It is much more a matter of avoiding major errors in interpreting the laws — this is why the jurists should form “a vital part of a Muslim legislative assembly helping and guiding free discussion on questions relating to law”. Our understanding of Islamic activism in all its forms might make tremendous strides if only we would remove the blinkers and learn to take the religious element in religious thinkers seriously instead of thinking of such people as merely uncritical or slow-on-the-uptake adherents of secular European thinking.

The language of migrants Being a stranger in a second language. In this interview Ayesha Jalal elaborates on these issues. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Religion alone has the power to establish an intimate contact with reality and it does so by means of the spiritual condition we call “prayer”. Ma’alim fi al-Tariq “Milestones” Qutb Iqbal then, is no liberal reformer, even if there are many who like to think of him as such; allaama is a conservative reformer, concerned about the “proper limits of reform”! The contribution of the Indo-Muslims to the Renaissance of Islam is “healthy conservative criticism, [that] serve[s] at least as a check on the rapid movement of liberalism in the world of Islam”.


Iqbal allowed himself to be inspired by Western thought and philosophy: To exist in real time means … to create it from moment to moment and to be absolutely free and original in creation. Educational Opportunities in Pakistan Bringing the Poor at Par with the Others For many of Pakistan’s poor, the much-criticised Islamic schools are the only possibility to get an education, because they don’t ask for tuition fees. Consciously or unconsciously I study the realities and truths of Islam from the same point of view.


His contradictions match Pakistan’s history. But that is just the beginning:. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Comments for this article: This can be done by providing proof of their Islamic origins:. The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam. Indian Culture Seeps in via Satellite The Blurred Borders between Pakistan and India Even recobstruction Indian culture is officially unacceptable, it is India’s film industry in particular that already dominates everyday life in Pakistan.

These lectures were delivered by Iqbal in MadrasHyderabadand Aligarh. Now, at last, his major philosophical work, “The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam” has been published in German.

Christians believe that he was crucified at Golgotha outside Jerusalem — only to rise from the dead three days later. September Recontsruction how and when to remove this template message. It is the Western view of Islam that characterises it linguistically, conceptually, and intellectually.

The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam

In the same book, Syed Abul Hasan a footnote also mentions that his mentor, Syed Sulaiman Nadwi used to wish that it would have been better if these lectures had not been published. The last chapter, “Is Religion Possible”, was added to the book from the Oxford Edition onwards.

Nothing untoward there — but then the surprises begin to pile up, and they should give us pause for thought:. Regarded as one of the great thinkers of the Islamic Awakening, a movement which pointed the way towards a regeneration of Islamic culture, he was born in Sialkot in what was then India and today belongs to Pakistan.