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Al-Buti and the Syrian revolution

Bakour Mohamad, Bachar (2020) Al-Buti and the Syrian revolution. Islamic Book Trust, Kuala Lumpur. ISBN 978-967-0526-81-2

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Abstract

Although Syria, since the 1960s, has been dominated by a decidedly secular-nationalist regime, the 2011 uprising has demonstrated that the role of Islam in the country’s social and religious scene cannot be underestimated. The uprising, which turned into a revolution and a civil war, created a deep schism among Sunni Muslim ulema who played an influential role in encouraging/discouraging protests. This book explores the views of M.S.R. al-Būtī, one of the most outstanding Muslim Sunni scholars of contemporary Syria (d. 2013). Al-Būtī opposed initial protests and considered the revolution as religiously illegitimate and politically motivated by foreign powers. His stance has engendered much controversy not only in Syria but also in the Arab as well as the Muslim worlds. Numerous scholars and authors have interpreted al-Būtī’s stance as full support of the regime and have cited his earlier position against the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in Syria in the 1980s. Others, however, have argued that al-Būtī was an independent scholar who was following his ijtihad, be it for the benefit of the regime or against it. Given that most of the writings on al-Būtī’s view on the revolution lacks a clear and comprehensive analysis, the book offers the first sustained treatment of this religio-political issue by exploring its multiple dimensions and various ramifications.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: 9022/84575 - Library has no copy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Syrian Revolution, Al-Buti, Islam, scholars
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.7 Islam and politics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fundamental and Inter-Disciplinary Studies (Effective: 5th Feb 2014)
Depositing User: Bachar Mohamad Bakour
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2020 12:34
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2021 08:39
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/84575

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