News Archive, 2002
|New Publication: The Unthought in Contemporary Islamic Thought by Mohammed Arkoun|
The IIS is pleased to announce its most recent publication: The Unthought in Contemporary Islamic Thought by Professor Mohammed Arkoun. Formally launched on March 25th at the Ismaili Centre, London, and published in association with Saqi Books, the book makes available for the first time in English, the breadth and depth of the author’s work, updated to reflect the changing Muslim landscape over the past decade
Through this collection of 8 essays, the work proposes new strategies and options in the rethinking of Muslim tradition, seen above all as a living tradition, and opens the way towards a unique view of the history of thought systems in the Mediterranean world. Applying contemporary theories from disciplines such as social anthropology and semiotics to issues such as the frontiers of the rational intellect in the 21st century, the cognitive status of the Qur’an, civil society and the individual, and authority and power, Professor Arkoun’s approach subjects varying belief-systems, traditions of exegesis, theology and jurisprudence to a critique aimed at liberating reason from dogmatic constructs.