are two ways of looking at the current Islamic resurgence. Either
it is a passing fad, blown out of all proportion by the media and
tied to the rise and fall of the price of oil: or it represents something
altogether deeper and more permanent, if less spectacular. There are
few easy conclusions, but only half-answered questions: For instance,
is the Islamic revival merely a subtle new form of nationalism in
the Islamic world?
again, are we too preoccupied with what is happening in the Arab and
Iranian worlds to the exclusion of the experiments in, say, Malaysia
or Pakistan? Thus far, it's probably fair to say that the record of
achievement has been mixed at best: Nowhere, for example, is there
a state that is generally recognized by Muslims as purely Islamic.
And while the Shari'ah or divine law has been reintroduced in several
countries, too often the emphasis appears to be placed on the Hudud
or punishments - such as amputation for theft - rather than on the
liberating or merciful nature of Islam. There appears to be an equally
excessive preoccupation with prohibitions in social and sexual matters.
In the economic field, the alms tax or Zakat has been largely taken
over by the state. While interest-free banks are established in several
countries, few Muslim economists even believe they alone can hold
the key to economic growth. Most Muslim thinkers acknowledge they
will probably have to be part of a broader Islamic economic model
that looks to the present and future as much as to Islam's past. Is
there in fact a danger that, in their impatience to Islamize their
societies many Muslim countries may overemphasizing form at the expense
People interviewed in this program: Kemal Faruki, Mochtar Lubis, Akhbar ul-Alam, John Esposito, Fuad Zakaria, Anwar Ibrahim, Muhammad Saeed, Kemal al-Sharif, Anis Ahmad, Manzoor Ahmad, Agha Abdul Hamid, Khalijah Salleh, Harun Nasution, Dawan Rahardjo, Sadiq al-Mahdi, Khurshid Ahmad, Kamal Hassan, Hasan al-Turabi, Musa Keylan, Khalid Ishaq, Abubakr Bagader.
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