Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Islam and Modernity*

TitleYusuf al-Qaradawi, Islam and Modernity*
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHelfont SR
PublisherThe Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African studies, Tel Aviv University
CityTel Aviv

Yusuf al-Qaradawi is one of the most influential Islamic scholars living in the Middle East today. Though classically trained in Islamic studies at al-Azhar, his religious and political thought has been heavily influenced by modernity. Using the ideas of prominent philosophers such as Kant and Hegel, as well as of contemporary social scientists, such as Habermas, this book analyzes the way increased education, mass communication, and migration have changed the way Muslims perceive their religion. By providing a thorough examination of al-Qaradawi s views on science, mass media, jihad, international relations, democracy, and feminism, this book demonstrates how al-Qaradawi s thought reflects these changes

*This work was published before Helfont entered Princeton as a graduate student.