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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 ...