BOOK REVIEW: TRAVELLING HOME: ESSAYS ON ISLAM IN EUROPE with author Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

May 22, 2020

About: A forceful study of Islamophobia in Europe, considering survival strategies for Muslims on the basis of Qur’an, Hadith, and the Islamic theological, legal and spiritual legacy.

How should we react to the new Islamophobic movements now spreading in the West? Everywhere the far right is on the march, with nationalist and populist parties thriving on the back of popular anxieties about Islam and the Muslim presence. Hijab and minaret bans, mosque shootings, hostility to migrants and increasingly scornful media stereotypes seem to endanger the prospects for friendly coexistence and the calm uplifting of Muslim populations.

In this series of essays Abdal Hakim Murad dissects the rise of Islamophobia on the basis of Muslim theological tradition. Although the proper response to the current impasse is clearly indicated in Qur’an and Hadith, some have lost the principle of trust in divine wisdom and are responding with hatred, fearfulness or despair. Murad shows that a compassion-based approach, rooted in an authentic theology of divine power, could transform the current quagmire into a bright landscape of great promise for Muslims and their neighbours.

Review: “Probably the most important book ever published by a European Muslim scholar. Traditionally enlightened, mercifully uncompromising with the truth, intellectually and spiritually challenging, these eleven essays show the way forward in a dark and dangerous age. A must-read for ‘those who use reason,’ Muslim or other.” — YAHYA MICHOT, emeritus Professor of Islamic Studies at Hartford Theological Seminary, author of Ibn Taymiyya: Muslims under Non-Muslim Rule.

Speaker – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad(Dr Timothy John Winter), [Cambridge Muslim College(CMC)]

Born Timothy John “Tim” Winter but also known as Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, was educated at Cambridge, Al-Azhar and London universities. He is currently the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College and Dean of The Cambridge Muslim College. In 2003, he won the Pilkington Teaching Prize and 2007 he won the King Abdullah I Prize for Islamic Thought. He has published and contributed to numerous academic works on Islam, including as Director of the Sunna Project , and is a leading figure in inter-faith activity, notably as one of the signatories to the Common Word statement . He is well-known as a contributor to BBC Radio 4′s ‘Thought for the Day’. Currently, he is the Aziz Foundation Professor in Islamic Studies & Dean of Cambridge Muslim College(CMC).

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