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Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation

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Tariq Ramadan has emerged as one of the foremost voices of reformist Islam in the West, notable for urging his fellow Muslims to participate fully in the civil life of the Western societies in which they live. In this new book, Ramadan addresses Muslim societies and communities everywhere with a bold call for radical reform. He challenges those who argue defensively that r ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2001)
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Ibrahim Abdulla
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

من يتابع طارق رمضان، يعرف بأنه كثيراً ما يكرر عبارة "الإصلاح من الداخل" أي من داخل المنظومة الفكرية الإسلامية نفسها، يقول: بأنه من السهل أن تلقي اللوم على العرب والفكر الإسلامي "المُتخلّف" وتدّعي الحداثة وما إلى ذلك وتكتفي بهذا، أما أن تحاول الإصلاح من الداخل؛ فهي العملية الأصعب بلا شك، وهذا ما أراد فعله في هذا الكتاب.

أفكار الكتاب -كما يقول رمضان نفسه- تأملات وملاحظات عامة، حاول فيها استثارة أسئلة مُلحة أكثر منه تقديم إجابات مُفصلة، أو طرح نظري فلسفي جديد. قسّم الكتاب إلى قسمين: نظري وعملي،
Ayman Naqeeb
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب يستحق قراءة سريعة ثانية ..

أنا جربت طريقة في التعامل مع هذا الكتاب .. اللي هي تحديد هدف من القراءة ..
وكانَ الإصلاح الجذري كتابًا جذريًا في التعامل مع أهدافي ..
الأهداف كانت : - التعرف على طارق رمضان .. وعلى آرائه أكثر
- الاستفادة من الخلفية التاريخية لمدارس الفقه الإسلامي التي ذكرها في مقدمة الكتاب
- رؤيته وحديثه عن الفن والثقافة

والأهداف أثناء القراءة كانت :

- وجهة نظره في مفهوم العلم والعلماء
- فلسفته في مصادر التشريع
- الآراء في : قضايا المرأة, الأسرة, البيئة ..
- والتحولي والتكيفي فيما ذكره من ك
Mεδ Rεδħα
La question du renouveau des sciences islamiques est au cœur de l'islam contemporain. Les musulmans d'Orient et d'Occident expriment un urgent besoin de repenser le fiqh (droit et jurisprudence). Ils se demandent comment concilier la vie moderne et la foi, souvent devenue secondaire dans les sociétés sécularisées. Il convient pour cela de distinguer ce qui, dans les Textes, est immuable de ce qui est susceptible de changement.

Cette démarche est le produit d'un questionnement sur la nature des cr
Mεδ Rεδħα
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The question of the renewal of the Islamic sciences is at the heart of contemporary Islam. Muslims in East and West express an urgent need to rethink fiqh (law and jurisprudence). They wonder how to reconcile modern life and faith, often secondary in secularized societies. For this purpose it is necessary to distinguish between what in the texts is immutable of what is susceptible of change.

This approach is the product of a questioning about the nature of crises and blockages that paralyze conte
Yasser Abdulaal
Aug 28, 2009 is currently reading it
Latest, on women:
"A lasting loving marriage cannot be achieved through prescriptive religious reminders, fatawa or lists of duties and rights. Yet unfortunately, Islamic discourse on marriage does mainly amount to just that and men very often make use of this fact: quite often indeed, men who never pay attention to any of Islam's spiritual teachings (regarding daily or married life) insist, when crisis comes, on their islamic rights as husbands, relying on a tradition that they know is favorabl
Ibrahim Al-bluwi
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it
In this book, Tariq Ramadan calls for a radical reform in Islamic Jurisprudence; a reform at the level of fundamentals rather than at the level of Ahkam. "Transformational reform not adaptation reform" he says.

The main idea he presents is that there are two revealed books not one: The Quran and the book of the universe, and that the second book should be given more weight and its scholars should be on an equal footing with the "scholars of the texts". "The center of gravity" according to Ramadan
Anis Bekhouche
لم استطع تشكيل فكرة عامة واضحة عما يريد توصيله للقارئ
Ahmed Abdelhamid
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wonderful piece of art!
very limited no. of times out of the "line", others are mostly "goals!"
I highly recommend the book!!!
Mohammed K.
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
كتاب عميق ومهم يحمل فيه د.طارق رمضان همّ التدين والأخلاق في العصر الحديث والسعي إلى رؤية إصلاحية تحولية للفقه تجتثه من ركوده في ظلال الموروث إلى شمس الواقع والمستقبل
Elizabeth Moghadam
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
While containing arguments both rational and feasible, I am afraid Tariq Ramadan's intentions for this book will be overshadowed by far right-wing westerners using Ramadan as their token Muslim. Ramadan's mother being the daughter of the founder of The Muslim Brotherhood allows for a very interesting perspective. That's where my praise will end I am afraid. I am confused as to who exactly is Ramadan's target audience. Who is it exactly that must embrace the modern west, it certainly can't be the ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ce livre m'a usé. Ce n'ai pas sa longueur mais plutôt par l'intensité des informations qui y sont inscrites.

Le livre se divise principalement en trois parties:

1. TR explique le besoin et le pourquoi de la réforme: les adaptations habituelles des fatawa aux questions posées par le contexte actuel ne sont plus acceptés et ne font qu'assombrir le côté lumineux de la religion: à savoir sa capacité à l'adaptation au contexte tout en gardant une certaine fidélité aux Textes.

2. Petit parcours historiqu
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book is the result of more than two decades of throurough research to make a diagnosis of the Muslim's intellectual crisis and to come up with an alternative approach...worth reading over and over!
عبدالرحمن السعيد
Nourishes the soul and mind...
Very interesting read
Apr 29, 2012 is currently reading it
It was such a unique experience to learn from
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Terrific book. The only real downside is that the language used by Ramadan is very academic. Because of this, a lot of Muslims will never read this book since it can be quite a tough one to get through. Ramadan only attracts a certain group of Muslims because of his language and he should really change something about that since it's so important to reach as many Muslims as possible. These kinds of books are extremely important for the Muslim community. In my own social circle I'm not able to di ...more
Idil Osman
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is THE book on true and effective reform of the contemporary muslim world and with it Professeur Ramadan has effectively entered the Pantheon of great muslim reformists of the likes of Al Ghazali. I was already a convinced fan of the professeur but this book put my admiration for him over the moon!!

As you can tell, I am an enthusiast of the thought of Dr.Ramadan but I think that his thought has actually evolved along the years: to my great surprise he is actually getting better and better a
Sarrah ANJ
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: جدارة
a Must-read book.

What is the difference between Reform and Renewal?
What is the relation between texts and contexts? Do we care about both?
While reading this book, I remembered a saying of one of the western orientalists describing Islam as "This religion revolves around texts rather than people".. It is Not Islam that cares about texts rather than the context, it is our scholars who are still unable to build a reasonable relationship between the changing reality and the texts, unlike the Compa
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Many will not understand it, broken into two parts: Theoretical and Practical, I do believe this book will have a lasting and profound impact on Muslim reformers. Some, both supporters and opponents in their haste think it is not radical, or that it is not radical enough and Ramadan is bringing up points from the past, deep within the classical tradition.

It is true that Ramadan deals seriously with the Tradition and his analysis of them are piercing. He has however re-discovered that the true r
Tasneem Al-zeer
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ramadan challenges the current pre-dominant way of thinking of many scholars. He deconstructs their thinking into elements, causes and detrimental consequences, and then suggests the alternative and correct way (in his view). His arguments are very convincing as he supports them with evidence from the Texts, history, knowledge of the world and indeed rationality. Anyone with insight into the actual religion of Islam, the problems of the Muslim world and Muslims today, can only read the pages of ...more
Feb 09, 2010 is currently reading it
This book has three main points: the first one is that the contemporary Muslim world (both East and West) must reconsider the terms and modalities of the reform process (islah, tajdid). The second one is the reconsideration of the contents and the geography of the sources for the Islamic Jurispudence(usul al-fiqh), and finally as Ramadan proposes, the text scholars and the contexts scholars should work together to create this radical reform that Ramadan suggests.
Syed Zulfaqar
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wajar diberikan ruang untuk dibaca. Our fears dan keinginan kita untuk remain faithful of the Deen especially the text without understanding its meaning and substances might ended up kita mengkhianatinya. Harus peka dengan objectives, meaning, substances beyond just norms and forms supaya amal-amal kita tidak menjadi not more than contradictions in itself. Of course this is an oversummarization of the book, please make time to read and digest.
Jumatil Fajar
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book give me a new point of view especially about how I should implement Islam in my daily life. For example in treating women. Islamic community now, do not provide good access for women to access mosque with comfortably because the facilities for women are scarce. Majority of opinion in some Islamic community do not support the appearence of women in mosque. They prefer the women to pray in their house. Eventhough their prophet never prohibited them to attend the mosque.
Hassan hamdoun
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it
thought provoking, core concepts discussed addressing issues of Islamic ethics, rulings, education,women ,etc both the text and context on equal footings as well as relation and input from our modern world and society. Great insight into relationship between physical and sacred sciences and role and duties of all scholars.
Ummu Khalijah
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I havent read this book yet but I follow his talk and discourse trough the videos. Still in progress to understand the idea of reform. I admire him so much as his grandfather :) Let's read this book together!
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
As most of Ramadn's book and theories, very general, academic, lacking real life examples and concrete steps.
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A must-read.
Mar 08, 2011 is currently reading it
Ever-reading this book. ugh. I want to get through it though.
Shuhaib Ar Rumy
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Setiap zaman ada pembaharunya. Dalam komuniti Muslim semasa, terutamanya—walau tidak khusus pada—Barat, buku ini boleh dikatakan adalah seruan pembaharuan atas pembaharuan.

Tariq Ramadan melihat bahawa usaha islah dan tajdid yang dilaungkan sejak awal moden hingga kini sudah terperangkap dalam reformasi yang beradaptasi ketimbang tranformatif, hanya mengikut atau sekadar menyesuaikan, bahkan menyadur tatanan semasa—gagal kritis kepada inti atau nilai dari orde semasa yang dipaksakan kepada Musli
Mourad Djebli
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai apprécié la lecture de ce livre, malgré des passages complexes à appréhender et nécessitant un savoir préalable et des pré-requis.

Le livre est un voyage à travers l'histoire de la législation musulmane, son élaboration, sa mise en oeuvre et son développement ou la crise de son évolution.

Partant des sources et fondements, et à la lumière des finalités, Tariq propose de revisiter et l'élaboration de nouvelles finalités et objectifs supérieures, issus d'une lecture en miroir des deux révélatio
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تميز كتاب " الإصلاح الجذري " للدكتور طارق رمضان بأنه يعد الكتاب الأكثر تناولاً لمسألتين من أهم المسائل التي تواجه مسلم اليوم وتواجه الفكر الإسلامي بشكل اشمل وهي مسألة تجديد وتحديث فلسفة ومنطلقات علم الفقه، ومسألة ربط الأخلاق بالعلوم التطبيقية المعاصرة ، وتلك قضايا ملحة جدا في عالم اليوم حيث تواجه مجتمعاتنا مأزقا حقيقيا في تعاملها مع متغيرات عصرنا المتلاحقة ، قدم الكتاب سرداً تاريخيا قيما ورؤية إصلاحية متكاملة وهو كتاب يستحق القراءة لأكثر من مرة
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Tariq Ramadan is the son of Said Ramadan and Wafa Al-Bana, who was the eldest daughter of Hassan al Banna, who in 1928 founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Gamal al-Banna, the liberal Muslim reformer is his great-uncle. His father was a prominent figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and was exiled by Gamal Abdul Nasser[3] from Egypt to Switzerland, where Tariq was born.

Tariq Ramadan studied Philo