A Faith for All Seasons

A Faith for All Seasons

A Faith for All Seasons: Islam and the Challenge of the Modern World

Paperback: 267 pages
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee; Elephant Paperbacks edition (February 1, 1991)
Author: Shabbir Akhtar
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0929587634
ISBN-13: 978-0929587639
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches


This is an unusual book with an unusual purpose. Shabbir Akhtar is an intelligent and erudite Muslim whose writings have attracted the attention of Graham Greene and other English authors. In A Faith for All Seasons he challenges his fellow Muslims to recognize that they live in a secular world of religious pluralism; that they must demonstrate to their critics that Islam is a progressive and responsive faith. In the course of arguing for a more congenial encounter with the modern world, Mr. Akhtar offers a remarkably clear and concise explanation of Islam’s basic religious tenets. He discusses its rivalry with Christianity, Marxism, and secular liberalism as ideologies that also claim the allegiance of modern man. Censuring his co-religionists for the current intellectual paralysis in Islamic circles, he shows how believers can cultivate a reverent yet penetrating skepticism which teaches the ignorant, disturbs the orthodox, and agitates the indifferent.

Editorial Reviews

‘An interesting philosophical exercise!’
Nisid Hajari, Voice Literary Supplement

‘Stimulating…a work of seminal importance.’
A. G. Noorani, Statesman

‘Enthralling…a potent vision of Islam beyond fanaticism and fundamentalism.’
B. B. Lawrence, CHOICE