Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination

Modernity is commonly cast as a break with tradition – and a marriage with the secular. Rationalism, individual rights, democracy and cosmopolitanism are its favoured offspring, and their story is told as the rise of the modern West. Yet, the essential values at stake – from civic culture to the ethos of science and intellectual life – have roots beyond the West. They extend to civilisations and histories of the Islamic world in all its diversity, giving us journeys into a modernity that is familiar but also different.

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