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Islamic rationalism: a critical evaluation of Harun Nasution's thought

Ishak, Mohd. Shuhaimi (2009) Islamic rationalism: a critical evaluation of Harun Nasution's thought. IIUM Press, Kuala Lumpur. ISBN 9789675272455

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Harun Nasution is an important name in the reformation of religious thought in Indonesia. His idea of reformation in religious thought of Harun Nasution is by introducing a new theology known as Islamic rationalism modelled along the lines of the classical rational thought of Mu'tazilah. His approach via education had to a certain extent exerted considerable influence on the development of contemporary religious thought particularly at IAINs (Institute Agama Islam Negeri or State Islamic Religious Institute). This book examined the theology of Islamic rationalism promoted by Harun Nasution, as the only means to change the attitude of Muslims. Harun Nasution believes that the cause of the backwardness of Muslims is theological in nature and thus can be resolved by the introduction of a new theology called Islamic rationalism. Harun Nasution’s rationalism focuses on the relationship of human reason to human action, that is, while God gives the capacity, man has the free will to determine the shapes and forms of actions. A new system of values under a new theology in Islam is needed to enable Muslims to understand and interpret their environment and act accordingly. The book also examines the impact of Harun Nasution's Islamic rationalism in religious education at IAIN and the great influence theology had so far exerted in the development of intellectual and religious thoughts at IAIN in Indonesia. The book concludes that while Harun Nasution's idea of rationalism has strong resemblance to Western liberalism, which presents itself conducively to the changes and demands of the contemporary world, his liberalism had opened the door for ideology of suspicion towards anything that comes from established doctrines, which can be dangerous and harmful as it tantamounts to an absolute skepticism of Islam. Finally, Harun Nasution's influence can be felt by the presence of a large network of liberal thinkers whose opinions and writings have had tremendous impacts on Muslim in Indonesia.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: 4676/980
Uncontrolled Keywords: Faith and reason Islam, Free will and determinism-Religious aspects-Islam
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B720 Medieval
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Asst. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Shuhaimi Ishak
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2011 09:20
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2014 10:12
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/980

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