Makers of Contemporary Islam

Drawing on their decades of research across the breadth of the Muslim world, Esposito and Voll introduce the pivotal role played by activist intellectuals, and then present the lives and work of nine individuals chosen to provide a balanced picture of the enormous variety--both geopolitical and ideological--in the contemporary Muslim world. [This book] is an ideal companion piece to Esposito and Voll's Islam and Democracy and Esposito's Voices of Resurgent Islam.

Through his writings, modernist reform of al-Azhar's curriculum, and (fatwas) as
mufti of Egypt, he fostered Islamic modernist reforms that impacted education, law
, and social issues such as the status of women. For Jameelah, for whom
traditional Islam was totally self-sufficient and adequate, Abduh became a tool of
European imperialism who opened the floodgates of assimilation of Western
thought and culture: "The consequences of Shaikh Muhammad Abduh's
willingness to ...