Insights Into Islamic Humanism
The present volume is the first attempt of its kind at presenting Islam as a religion of humanism in the light of the totality of its teachings as gleaned from the original sources, especially the Qur'an and Hadith (Apostolic Traditions). Contrasting sharply with the stereotyped, distorted image of Islam, it provides penetrating insights into its broad humanistic aspirations aimed at full flowering of all the physical, intellectual and spiritual faculties man has been allowed with and given the status of being the noblest creature. The book deals in detail with the role played by Islam in the advancement of human thought and progress by opening up large dimensions of reason through inculcation of the spirit of scientific inquiry in man. It also objectively assesses the contribution of Islam as a civilizing agency with special reference to its secular, liberal and humanistic aspects in a manner that enables modern minds to understand and appreciate them fully. It is hoped that this volume will not only acquaint the readers with the genuine image of Islam, but also enlighten them on the chief ingredients of its dynamism.
Prof. Abdul Ali (Retd.) received his higher education at the University of Allahabad (1962-66). He started his professional career as lecturer at the department of Arabic, Rangia Degree College, Kamrup (Assam) after abtaining the degree of Master of Arts in Arabic in 1966. Then he joined the Govt. Post- Graduate Hamidia Arts & Commerce College Bhopal (M.P) in 1968, and served this institution for 20 years as Lecture and Assistant Professor of Arabic. He obtained the degree of PhD and D Litt in Arabic from Lucknow University, Lucjknow. He also served as Chairman and Director, Department and Institute of Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.Prof. Ali is author of thirteen books and over a hundred research papers and articles published in journals and seminar proceeding of national and international repute at both home and abroad. He presided over different Sections of the All India Oriental Conference several times. He has also been awarded the presidential Certificate of Honour for teaching and research Arabic.
Acknowledgements (VII) Preface (IV) 1. An Introduction to Western Distortions of Islam -- Pg. 1 2. Fundamental Principles of Islam: Humanistic Aspirations -- Pg. 13 3. Tolerance in Islam -- Pg. 27 4. The Status of Women in Islam -- Pg. 47 5. Humanistic Aspects of Conditional Polygamy In Islam -- Pg. 61 6. Islamic Approach to Abolition of Slavery -- Pg. 71 7. Treatment of Animals in Islam -- Pg. 85 8. Islam and Science -- Pg. 93 9.Arab-Islamic Legacy to Humour Literature -- Pg. 129 10. Islam: The Concept of Punishment -- Pg. 161 11. Legitimacy of Fresh Judgement in Islam -- Pg. 169 12. Secular Dimensions of Islam for Peaceful co-Existence in Pluralistic Societies -- Pg. 181 Bibliography Index