Islam and modernity.
Deborah Moggach, Neyaz Farooquee, Nazia Erum
Chair: Javed Anand
Against the backdrop of rising Islamophobia, many leading Muslim liberal thinkers are going back to Islam’s earliest texts and history to interpret them for the modern age and thereby promote reform. This begs the question: is there a clash between Islam and modernity? What constitutes modernity? Do modern Muslims need to introspect upon and rethink traditions or norms that may be in conflict with modern principles? On the other hand, acknowledging that there are different versions of modernity, does such a question reflect an inherent bias? Nazia Erum, Deborah Moggach, Neyaz Farooquee, and Javed Anand discuss this sensitive and topical issue.