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SEAP Publication, Hamka and Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform in the Malay World

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"Hamka was among the greatest Muslim public intellectuals in Southeast Asia. This book's unique and original take on his cosmopolitan reform offers a fresh perspective and contributes significantly to our understanding of the dynamics of Islamic reformism in the modern world."

- AZYUMARDI AZRA, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta

Since the early twentieth century, Muslim reformers have been campaigning for a total transformation of the ways in which Islam is imagined in the Malay world. One of the most influential is the author Haji Abdul Malik bin Abdul Karim Amrullah, commonly known as Hamka.

In Hamka and IslamKhairudin Aljunied employs the term "cosmopolitan reform" to describe Hamka's attempt to harmonize the many streams of Islamic and Western thought while posing solutions to the various challenges facing Muslims. Among the major themes Aljunied explores are reason and revelation, moderation and extremism, social justice, the state of women in society, and Sufism in the modern age, as well as the importance of history in reforming the minds of modern Muslims. Read more about the book.

$23.95 | 162 pages | Paperback

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Introduction: Hamka's Cosmopolitan Reform 
1. Of Reason and Revelation 
2. In Praise of Moderation 
3. Muslims and Social Justice 
4. Women in the Malay World 
5. Restoring Sufism in the Modern Age 
6. History as a Tool of Reform 
Conclusion: Thinking with Hamka