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Future of Islam

Introduction

Introduction

Beyond the political rhetoric, Islam offers spiritual direction and insight to millions across the globe. As it moves into the new century, what do scholars and practitioners see as its political and cultural impact? How will the Muslim community address issues of gender and modernity? Unity and authority? Freedom and fidelity? Patheos examines these issues in its Future of Religion series.
Contributors include: Asma Afsaruddin, Wajahat Ali, Jonathan Brown, Arsalan Iftikhar, Gordon Newby, Eboo Patel, Abdulaziz Sachedina, Stephen Schwartz, Jane Smith, and Asma Uddin.

Twenty-First Century Islam: A Lived, Dynamic, and Nurturing Religion

Twenty-First Century Islam: A Lived, Dynamic, and Nurturing Religion

Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University, Bloomington)

The future of Islam lies in the resolution of its fractious present. And the divisions stem from different approaches to the central issues of our day.

The Power of Storytelling: Creating a New Future for American Muslims

The Power of Storytelling: Creating a New Future for American Muslims

Wajahat Ali (Playwright, journalist, attorney, blogger)

The Muslim American storytellers of the 21st century need to mine our rich Islamic and American identity and history to tell new stories that will benefit and add to the ever-growing multicultural mosaic that is America.

Beyond Rhetoric: A Future for Islam in American Thought

Beyond Rhetoric: A Future for Islam in American Thought

Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service)

Beliefs that Islam is the problem are so far from reality and so clearly driven by a mixture of fear, xenophobia, and racism that I am left much more worried about the future of America than the future of Islam.

A Message to Millennial Muslims

A Message to Millennial Muslims

Arsalan Iftikhar (International human rights lawyer, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com)

As I continue my true existence and purpose-driven life as a proud Muslim citizen of our global community, regardless of whether or not I am welcome in your home, you are welcome in mine.

Whither Islam?

Whither Islam?

Gordon D. Newby (Emory University)

The dynamic tension between individual devotion and the public scene seems louder now in the context of geo-politics and worldwide economics, but it is a pattern that has been with Islam from the beginning.

Big Tent Citizen Islam

Big Tent Citizen Islam

Eboo Patel (Founder and Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core)

A growing commitment to civic, cultural, and political engagement is strengthening Islam's identity as an American religion.

A Vision of Inclusivity: Islam and the Common Good of Humanity

A Vision of Inclusivity: Islam and the Common Good of Humanity

Abdulaziz Sachedina (University of Virginia)

The future of Islam will certainly be determined by its traditionalist interpreters. Will they stifle any chances for Islam to become a source of universal ethical reflection in forging a global community?

Internal Paradoxes of Muslim Extremism

Internal Paradoxes of Muslim Extremism

Stephen Suleyman Schwartz (Executive Director, Center for Islamic Pluralism)

The future of Islam depends on the conclusion of the cycle of radicalization, which will lead to collective stability, spiritual renewal, and positive, respectful relations with the rest of the world's faiths.

The Shoe Is On the Other Foot: Pluralism and the Qur'an

The Shoe Is On the Other Foot: Pluralism and the Qur'an

Jane Smith (Harvard Divinity School)

Muslims continue to face the challenges of living where Islam is not the norm but only one of a number of competing claims in a vast market of religious wares.

Burden of Proof: Personal Liberty, Islamic Faith, Public Morality

Burden of Proof: Personal Liberty, Islamic Faith, Public Morality

Asma T. Uddin (International law attorney, founder and editor-in-chief of altmuslimah.com)

We need to address the issues facing the international and domestic Muslim community by helping Muslims understand both the international human rights framework and the American constitutional framework.

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