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Taking Exception to Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism

Is there a Mono-Modernity or are there Multiple Modernities? Establishing this first will then lead us to ask further questions…

Faheem A. Hussain

Published at MENA etc. on 09/12/2016.

It takes a brave person to comment on the Middle East, one never knows when a crisis will erupt that threaten to render one’s judgment obsolete. Since first reading Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism [1], Turkey’s AK Party have suffered an attempted failed coup orchestrated by parts of Turkey’s military, and Tunisian Islamists rebranded as Muslim Democrats, events dramatic enough to render chapters from the book out of date. However because Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution and author of the Temptations of Power, is one of the most thoughtful commentators on the Middle East one can be confident that his new book Islamic Exceptionalism[2] will remain relevant longer than most.

The book principally examines four manifestations of Islamism in the Middle East: the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood after the coup, An-Nahda party in Tunisia, the AK Party…

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Get Rich for Allah: Reflection (Modern Muslim 5 of 8)

‘Get Rich for Allah’ was a video made by William Barylo and was posted in a previous post, HERE. This post is a reponse to it after considering the way it presented its points.

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Transhumanism and Islam: A Teaser

“Can modern technology make us superhumans? Will we ever defeat death by means of advanced bioengineering? Can we upload our minds onto a computer and become digitally immortal?

“These questions used to be the subject of lot of Science Fiction movies, but now as science progresses, scientists are seriously considering to make some of these ideas a reality. Millions of dollars are being spent in research and engineering projects surrounding this race to become larger than life. As Artificial Intelligence takes over most of our lives in the modern world, serious questions need answers. Science is incapable of foreseeing the end result of this power it has unleashed. Philosophy can only so much as reason the odds. It has to be something that transcends time and can give us a vision of how the future will look.

“The miracle of the Quran is that it explains all things – past, present and future. We believe that as Muslims we need to take the Quran as our lens to view the world. In doing so we can then address the challenges facing humanity at large.” (SOURCE: the blurb from the video, above. Presenting the first official teaser of our Episode 2 of Project Equidistance – A documentary series on Science and Islam.)

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Humans Need Not Apply

A fifteen-minute documentary outlining how robot technology as part of the project of ‘Western’-led Modernity will, to all intents and purposes, make us obsolete.

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Why Materialism Fails

“Philosopher, Jay Richards, defines materialism, discusses how it has impacted us, explains why it shouldn’t be confused with science, and analyzes why it ultimately fails as an explanation…” (SOURCE: From the blub on the associated YouTube channel)

Jay Richards, PhD, is an Analyic philosopher and the Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America.

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There’s No Such Thing as Western Civilisation

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Kwame Anthony Appiah examines the myth of the ‘West’. The subtitle for his article acts as an abstract: “The values of liberty, tolerance and rational inquiry are not the birthright of a single culture. In fact, the very notion of something called ‘western culture’ is a modern invention.

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“So the very idea of the “west,” to name a heritage and object of study, doesn’t really emerge until the 1890s, during a heated era of imperialism, and gains broader currency only in the 20th century. When, around the time of the first world war, Oswald Spengler wrote the influential book translated as The Decline of the West – a book that introduced many readers to the concept – he scoffed at the notion that there were continuities between western culture and the classical world…

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Get Rich for Allah (Modern Muslim 4 of 8)

Neoliberliasm and the Muslim Diaspora

“Muslim sociologist, William Barylo, explains in this video what neoliberalism is and how it has commercialised Islam into a “brand” according to its economic and political worldview.” (SOURCE)

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