Critical Muslim | 10

Sects

Edited by
April 2014 9781849043953 256pp

Description

Merryl Wyn Davies is appalled by the sectarian divisions in Muslim societies; Yasmin Saikia is angry at the Sectarian violence unleashed in the name of Islam; Ebrahim Moosa suggest the Sunnis, the majority Muslim sect, need a little self-reflection; Faisal Daviji explores the historic contribution and present predicaments of the Ismailis; Imranali Panjwani explains what it means to be a Shia; Zacharias  Pieri joins the evangelical Tablighi Jamaat on a religious retreat; Robin Yassin-Kassab traces the origins of the Alawis of Syria; Hassan Mohamedallie has a conversation with Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Caliph and spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; Francesco Cavatorta thinks the Salafis represent the greatest danger to Islam; Jamie Gilham asks why converts tend to be over-zealous; and Faizur Rahman spends some quality time with the puritan Deobandis of India.

Editor(s)

Ziauddin Sardar is an award-winning, internationally renowned writer, futurist and cultural critic. A former New Statesman columnist and Equality and Human Rights Commissioner, he has authored many books, including Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim; Reading the Qur'an; and Mecca: The Sacred City. He is editor of the influential quarterly Critical Muslim.  

Robin Yassin-Kassab, co-editor of Critical Muslim, is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Road From Damascus (Penguin). Born in west London, he has lived and worked in France, Pakistan, Turkey, Syria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Oman. He is a regular contributor to the literary pages of The Guardian and The Independent.

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