This book is a journey into the heart of an Islamic worldview. It asks challenging questions of far-reaching consequence, addressing matters such as the Qur'an and revelation; rituals and symbols embraced; nature of God, of humans, and of our knowing; dignity of the human, sacredness of life, and more. It precludes easy, prescribed answers, preferring instead thoughtful reflection on two basic questions: What does it mean to love God? What does it mean to be a good person? Carefully crafted responses are presented by a group of scholars from Qur'an Studies, Worldview Studies, Women's Studies, Cultural Studies and Religious Education. It uncovers a dynamic understanding of Islam; one that meets challenges of the present, counters harsh criticisms, and breathes new life into a rich and longstanding tradition that continues to impact the lives of billions of people around the world.
John Valk is Professor of Worldview Studies at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.
Halis Albayrak is Professor of Qur'anic Exigesis at Ankara University, Turkey.
Mualla Selçuk is Professor of Theology and Director of the Continuing Education Center at Ankara University, Turkey. She is former Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, and former member of the Religious High Council for the Presidency of Religious Affairs and General Director of Religious Education at Ministry of Education, Turkeyy.
1. Introduction2. Cultural Dimentions3.Ultimate/Existential Questions4. Ontological: The Nature of Being5. Epistemology: The Nature of Knowing6. Universal/Particular Beliefs and Values 7. Conclusions