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Critique of Religious Discourse$
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Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207125

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207125.001.0001

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Tradition Interpreted or Colored

Tradition Interpreted or Colored

A Reading of the Project of the Islamic Left

(p.136) 2. Tradition Interpreted or Colored
Critique of Religious Discourse

Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd

, Jonathan Wright
Yale University Press

This chapter deals with text in the project of the Islamic left. It begins by defining two approaches for dealing with and interpreting texts. It then presents an interpretation of the Islamist left's project as it appears in the writings of Hassan Hanafi in general and in his encyclopedic work From Doctrine to Revolution in particular. Since the Islamist left offers a reading of Islam that is different from that of the religious right and has a lively perspective on the intellectual heritage in Islam, the discussion in the chapter naturally focuses on the strategies used in that reading and the legitimacy of its interpretation.

Keywords:   Islamic left, religious discourse, Islam, Hassan Hanafi

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