ABOUT THE BOOK:
In The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam, leading Islamic law expert Mohammad Hashim Kamali examines the concept of wasatiyyah, or moderation, arguing that scholars, religious communities, and policy circles alike must have access to this governing principle that drives the silent majority of Muslims, rather than focusing on the extremist fringe. Kamali explores wasatiyyah in both historical/conceptual terms and in contemporary/practical terms. Tracing the definition and scope of the concept from the foundational sources of Islam, the Qu'ran and Hadith, he demonstrates that wasatiyyah has a long and well-developed history in Islamic law and applies the concept to contemporary issues of global policy, such as justice, women's rights, environmental and financial balance, and globalization.
Framing his work as an open dialogue against a now-decades long formulation of the arguably destructive Huntingtonian "clash of civilizations" thesis as well as the public rhetoric of fear of Muslim extremism since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Kamali connects historical conceptions of wasatiyyah to the themes of state and international law, governance, and cultural maladies in the Muslim world and beyond. Both a descriptive and prescriptive meditation on a key but often neglected principle of Islam, The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam provides insight into an idea that is in the strategic interest of the West both to show and practice for themselves and to recognize in Muslim countries.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Part One: Conceptual Analysis
II. Definition and Scope of Wasatiyyah
III. Review of the Source Evidence
IV. A Round-up of Modern Opinion
V. Hallmarks of Extremism
VI. Manifestations of Wasatiyyah
VII. Identification of Wasatiyyah
VIII. Institutional Developments
Part Two: Thematic Perspectives
IX. Moderation and Justice
X. Moderation in Religiosity
XI. The Moderating Role of Ikhtilaf (Reasoned Disagreement)
XII. Between Spirituality and Legalism: The Moderating Influence of Sufism
XIII. Harm (Darar) Must Be Eliminated
XIV. Forbearance, Bringing Ease and Removing Hardship
XV. Environmental Imbalance
XVI. Financial Imbalance, Extravagance and Waste
XVII. Moderation in Jihad
XVIII. Character and Lifestyle
XIX. Wasatiyyah and Women's Rights
XX. Wasatiyyah and Globalisation
XXI. Islam between Antiquity and the Modern World
XXII. Continuity and Change: An Analysis of Tajdid and Islah (Renewal and Reform) in Islam
XXIII. Conclusion and Recommendations
Index of Qur'anic Verses and Hadith
"invaluable ... Kamali makes a crucial set of observations about how moderate Islamic traditions go beyond just dealing tolerantly with other religions ... A culmination of his decades of scholarship on Islamic law and jurisprudence, this book should serve as an important reference for years to come."
- I. Blumi, CHOICE
"This scholarly book is a major addition to works that deal with 'moderate' Islam, still the Islam of the majority of Muslims, which is also traditional Islam. Drawing from a wide range of sources and many notable voices, Kamali presents an extensive range of issues from social justice to the environmental crisis, from spirituality to relation with other religions, all seen from the perspective of moderation or wasaIiyyah, which is the authentic Islamic perspective. Kamali is to be congratulated for writing a much needed work on normative and genuine Islam at a time when so many strident forces and voices, both the non-Islamic and nominally Islamic, are seeking to eclipse in the eyes of many the authentic image of the Islamic religion."
- Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies, The George Washington University
"an essential addition to the body of knowledge after more than forty years of uninterrupted contribution to the study of Islamic studies."
- Alhagi Manta Drammeh, The Islamic Quarterly
ABOUT MOHAMMAD HASHIM KAMALI:
Mohammad Hashim Kamali is founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia, and a world renowned scholar in his field of specialisation. He served as Professor of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM, 1985–2004); and was Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC, 2004–2006).
He served on the International Advisory Board of thirteen academic journals published in Malaysia, USA, Canada, Kuwait, India, Australia and Pakistan. Professor Kamali has also served as a member and sometime Chairman of the Constitution Review Commission of Afghanistan (2003); as a UN consultant on constitutional reforms in Afghanistan, the Maldives, Somalia and Iraq.
Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St. Antony's College).