The Qur’anic Worldview A Springboard for Cultural Reform By AbdulHamid AbuSulayman (London: IIIT, 2011. 179 pages.)

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Saheed Ahmad Rufai

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The thesis of this sophisticated book is that the rebirth of an Islamic identity


can only be realized through a decisive replication of the Muslim community


created through strict adherence to and implementation of the Qur’anic worldview.


The specific details provided by AbdulHamid AbuSulayman in his attempt


to present this thesis as credible and worthy of merit invariably expose


the work as one of synthesis and the lifetime project of an intellectual who is


being propelled by his wanderlust for paving the way for the Muslims’ return


to the golden age of the Islamic heritage. For instance, he describes this book


as his “extended reflection on the Islamic worldview” (p. xv), around which


his scholarship and personal experience have revolved. He also cites this reflection


as the reason why he has “grappled with … issues” relating to it from


his early days and has continued to promote the same line of thought throughout


his “writing career that extended half a century” (p. xx).


The book is divided into five chapters. In chapter 1, the author discusses


the relationship between the Qur’anic worldview and human nature. He bases


his argument on the premise that “every cultural system is associated with an


underlying worldview which is translated into action by means of a particular ...

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