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Human Rights and Reformist Islam$
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Mohsen Kadivar

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474449304

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474449304.001.0001

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The Principles of Compatibility between Islam and Modernity

The Principles of Compatibility between Islam and Modernity

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Human Rights and Reformist Islam

Mohsen Kadivar

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the relationship of Islam and modernity as a collection of issues which includes human rights. Muslim reformists have brought together modernity and intellectualism on the one hand, with Islam on the other. In this intellectual and faith movement, human rights and divine obligation, individual freedom and social justice, collective wisdom and religious ethics, human rationality and the divine prophecy, peacefully coexist. The thinkers of reformist Islam have accepted the Islamic message together with the jewel of modernity. The characteristics of reformist Islam or the principles of the compatibility of Islam and modernity are as follows. First principle: re-reading the texts of religion on the basis of its higher ends; Second principle: the high place of reason in the understanding of religion; Third principle: the permanent right to choose how to live; Fourth principle: the possibility of legislation and public policy on the basis of religious values.

Keywords:   Modernity, Islam, Human rights, Reason, Religious values, Re-reading religious texts

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