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Questioning the Authority of the Past The Ahl al-Quran Movements in the Punjab

Questioning the Authority of the Past The Ahl al-Quran Movements in the Punjab
Year: 2011
Price: USD 25.00
Ali Usman Qasmi�s work on the Ahl al-Qur�an constitutes a seminal study into the intellectual history of Islamic reform movements which breaks new ground for scholarship in the field both empirically and conceptually. Unlike other studies on South Asian Islam which either discount the Ahl al-Qur�an or misread their dogmatic approach, and also the extent of its impact, the present study researches the Ahl al-Qur�an as disparate set of movements originating during the late nineteenth century, mainly in Punjab. To varying degrees, these movements and their ideologues�most notably Maulwi �Abdullah Chakralawi, Khwaja Ahmad-ud-Din Amritsari and Ghulam Ahmad Parwez�espoused the centrality of the Holy Quran as the only divine text required for the inference of religious doctrines. They questioned the relevance and authority of such sources as Hadith literature and classical works of exegesis and jurisprudential compendiums. Their motive was to engender a discursive space in which Islam could be projected as a religion compatible with modernity; tolerant of other religions; and progressive-egalitarian in its spirit. This particular version of Islam, as part of the larger discourse on Islamic modernism, was instrumental in shaping the politics of Islam in Pakistan up to 1960s and continues to inform the religious worldview of a large number of Muslims touched by modern sensibilities.


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