By Seyyed Hossein Nasr
This choice of essays via the most effective identified modern Muslim students writing in English covers many points of Islamic lifestyles and notion. the writer has introduced jointly stories facing the sensible in addition to highbrow elements of Islam in either their old and modern truth. The modern value of topics similar to faith and secularism, the which means of freedom, and the culture of Islamic technology and philosophy is given specific realization.
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Next page > page_41 < previous page page_41 next page > Page 41 groups belong to the Arabic zone of Islamic culture. Despite this unity, therefore, this awareness makes of Egypt a particular 'zone' within the larger Arab cultural world. In Persia, even those who speak Adhari * Turkish have a common historical experience and consciousness with the rest of the Persians of such figures as Cyrus or Darius, while the Bengalis or Sindhis who for centuries spoke Persian do not possess the same relation with the Achamaenian past.
If the question of changes in Islamic Law is approached by the Muslim intelligentsia in the spirit thus proposed, it will be seen in a completely different light. The rift between the Western-educated classes and the rest of the Muslim community will pass and everyone will realise the real significance of the Shari'ah* as the basis of stability in human life. They will also learn that, although to concern oneself with matters pertaining to Islam is the duty of every Muslim, applying the Shari'ah* in detail to newly created situations is a question of fiqh that should be dealt with by the fuqaha*'.
Its earliest centres of strength were Malacca and, from the tenth/sixteenth century, Acheh. More and more Arab traders began to reach the area spreading Islam farther east to Borneo, the Sulu Islands, the Moluccas and the Philippines. Relations with the Arab world intensified, especially with the region of Hadramawt, which has left a special mark upon the area.