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Abdolkarim Soroush: The Neo-Muʿtazilite that Buries Classical Islamic Political Theology in Defence of Religious Democracy and Pluralism

In: Studia Islamica
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  • 1 LUISS University of Rome
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<bold>Introduction</bold>

The “search for beauty in Islam” seems to be occupying the attention of scholars “within” and “without” this faith.1 Muslim majority societies have been the most concerned with such a search, especially for the last two centuries characterized by a turbulent encounter with (Western) modernity, because they have experienced the ugliness that replaces such a beauty, ugliness that deprives them of liberty, equality, and social justice. As notable examples, the Islamic State of Pakistan, or the Muslim Zion,2 and the Islamic Republic of Iran have forcefully read the modern state into Islamic sources

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