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Sheikh Khalil Abdur Rashid: Islam and the Secular Age: Between Certainty and Uncertainty

Modernity was birthed in violence. It produced the nation-state, nationalism and with it a myriad of other “isms”

Sheikh Khalil Abdur Rashid

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Masters degree in Islamic Law from Marmara University, Turkey. Master of Arts in Middle East Studies and Masters of Philosophy in Islamic Law both from Columbia University. Professor of Islamic Law at SMU. Dean of the Islamic Seminary of America.

which serve as new idols or heroes competing for people’s allegiances. Liberalism, feminism, Marxism, individualism, atheism, agnosticism, extremism, communism, capitalism, socialism, fascism, totalitarianism, racism – all competing ideologies which attempt to answer the question of what does it mean to be human and accordingly how should we live. The quest for human fulfillment is expressed partly in these competing “isms” which themselves are the results of schisms that were produced when the old world, also termed the pre-modern world, was replaced with the new, modern world. In the West, the search for the answer of what it means to be human began in the mid-17th century with the re-formulation of the Greco-Christian understanding of the human being, the soul, the world, and God. George Makari articulates the context quite eloquently and is worth quoting at length:

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