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The origin and development of Islam: An essay on its socio-economic growth

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Unknown Binding, 248 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Orient Longman
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Islam, as a religion and movement has always been said to be "for all the Ages". But what if one were to strip away the mystique and look at its origins as a political, social and economic movement? This is exactly what Asghar Ali attempts to do in The Origins and Development on Islam. He explores its rise and (equally rapid) fall from the texts of Muslim scholars, the Koran and a historical socio-cultural perspective to why it grew exponentially. A few takeaways:

1. All ideologies must be read w
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Asghar Ali Engineer was an Indian reformist-writer and activist. Internationally known for his work on liberation theology in Islam, he lead the Progressive Dawoodi Bohra movement. The focus of his work was on (and action against) communalism and communal and ethnic violence in India and South Asia. He was an advocate of a culture of peace, non-violence and communal harmony, and lectured all over ...more
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