Discursive Pluralism and the Rise of Islamic Modernism in Egypt

Publication Abstract

Moaddel M. 2002. "Discursive Pluralism and the Rise of Islamic Modernism in Egypt." Arab Studies Quarterly 24(1): 1-29.

Moaddel explains the historical factors underpinning the development and growth of Islamic modernism in Egypt. He claims that the movement displayed an affinity with the Enlightenment, daring criticisms of the orthodoxy, re-examinations of Islamic theology and its normative rules of conduct in light of social reforms and political moderation. He further argues that in addition to its historical significance in affecting the course of intellectual movement in Egypt, Islamic modernism raised challenging questions for theories of cultural change that proposed a correspondence of ideology to social structure.

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