Introduction 1. Islamic Fundamentalism 2. Islam and Law 3. Islam and the State 4. Education and Modernity Conclusion
Explores the relationship between Islam and modernity.
Mohamed Charfi is professor emeritus in law at the University of Tunis and a representative of the Tunisian democractic, secular opposition. He has published extensively in French and Arabic. He was a student activist in the 1960s, went on to become president of the Tunisian League for the Defence of Human Rights, and served as Tunisia's minister of education from 1989-1994. The book is translated by Patrick Camiller.
Mohamed Charfi calls for a new understanding of Islam that
encompasses modern thought and freedom of belief. * Alec Worsnop,
Middle East Journal *
Provides an insightful and cogent explanation of why the Muslim world, particularly the Arab countries, remains confounded when it comes to building democracy ... Charfi's study will be of interest for both specialists in Arab-Muslim politics and general readers keenly concerned in contemporary affairs. The author is to be commended for striving to kindle an understanding of Islam that would take Muslims back to the religion's original impulse and to help non-Muslims to appreciate how difficult is the process of reform. * Salim Mansur, Middle East Quarterly *