By SM Farid Mirbagheri
Mirbagheri strains the revival of Islamic/ist pursuits, and embarks on a theoretical research of a few of the elemental suggestions in Islam and diplomacy akin to the self, Jihad, peace and universalism. modern instances of clash within the center East are analysed to pose a problem to the universalist discourse of Western liberalism.
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How we should treat religion and how we should learn from religious guidelines forms the very core that permeates every level of liberalist interpretation of the text. Interesting work in this field has been carried out by Abdolkarim Soroush. His separation of religion from religious understanding has foundational and far-reaching consequences for Islamic societies. The sanctification of Divine Message, he believes, does not and should not include the interpretation of the Message. Our understanding changes and 26 War and Peace in Islam newer interpretations may inevitably take hold.
He was clearly a modernist and did not subscribe to taqlid,55 yet his discourse did not limit itself to internal religious semantics or domestic political settings but rather encompassed the role of external factors in the plight of Muslims. In domestic environments he shrewdly recognised the role of social factors and tailored his message to the requirements of his audience. More importantly, he communicated his ideas with respect to the influence of public opinion makers. Thus in Iran he soon realised the significance of some religious leaders (nowadays known as ayatollahs), and established close contacts with them.
22 The second approach, political Islam, has of late been the one that has attracted global attention. The radical tendencies inherent in this interpretation of the faith are thought to be responsible for the promotion of the phenomena commonly referred to as Islamic fundamentalism and Islamist terrorism, the latter allegedly being fed and reinforced by the former. There is much that has been said about this particular politicised version of Islam, yet much has remained unsaid. An attempt shall be made to outline the main traits of this approach to Islam and its various aspects will be discussed throughout the book.