What is modernity? How is this period in history different from the past, and what implications does this have for Islamic tradition?

The section introduces students to an account of how the modern world has come into existence, as well as a deeper dive into the meaning of “modernity.” It then focuses on the responses of Islamic theologians to the rapid changes that are characteristic of this new world. How might Islamic law be utilized to help Muslims, and all people, cope with these changes?

Key Terms:

  • Modernity
  • Colonialism

Thumbnail: ‘Moroccan Light’, Morocco, Marrakech, Medina. Photo Credit: Chris Ford, 2014. CC BY-NC 2.0.

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