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Surah al-Asr: It’s relevance in a postmodern world

Fontaine, Rodrigue Ancelot Harvey (2019) Surah al-Asr: It’s relevance in a postmodern world. In: The 6th International Conference on Quran as a Foundation of Civilization 2019 (SWAT 2019), 8th-9th October 2019, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study explores the relevance of surah al-Asr in a postmodern world. Surah al-Asr is a summary of the Qur’an (Khan 1993). Based on Khan’s (1993) reflections, five ontological propositions are derived. The study then explores the evolution of Western philosophy since the 18th century. This includes the birth of the humanist project, Nietzsche’s deconstruction of Western idealism, Heidegger’s reflections on being, and the shift from a modern society to a postmodern society. Postmodernism is a world in which the digital world is more real than reality. Ferry, a French philosopher, summed up the dilemma of Western society by noting that Westerners are desperately in search of a purpose to their lives. All these conflicting philosophies offer profound insights into the second ayah (“Verily, mankind is in a state of loss). The study concludes that surah al-Asr offers profound insights for Muslims and non-Muslims in the 21st century.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 6302/75266
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qur’an, deconstruction, modernism, postmodernism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B69 History and systems
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: Dr. Ridhwan Fontaine
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 08:49
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2019 08:58
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/75266

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