A Philosophical Critique of Islamism, by Adel Daher

In this exclusive Tavaana translation of A Philosophical Critique of Islamism, prominent Lebanese-American philosopher Adel Daher (1939-) deconstructs Islamism through a study of the philosophy of religion, contemporary Muslim theologies and the intellectual history of Islamist movements. Daher explores three main tenets of Islamist thought: the inherent correlation of Islam and politics, the necessity of God’s guidance in managing social and political affairs, and the limited usefulness of ijtihad (independent reasoning) in the interpretation of the Quran. Daher skilfully demonstrates the paradoxical nature of these tenets and then debunks commonly suggested solutions to these dilemmas, concluding that the tenets should be discarded altogether. Tavaana's translation also features a new introduction by Daher.

Tavaana Publications  Click here to read Tavaana's exclusive translation of Adel Daher's A Philosophical Critique of Islamism.


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I am now familiar with concepts which I had only heard mentioned and which I used without understanding their meanings and connotations. For example, I now understand the difference between secularism and laïcité, or the difference between the separation of church and state and the separation of religion and politics, among other things. I will continue my studies of these topics and share them with others if I can.
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