- Gebundene Ausgabe: 244 Seiten
- Verlag: Macmillan USA (17. Januar 2017)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1250119847
- ISBN-13: 978-1250119841
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,6 x 2,6 x 19,6 cm
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"A gentle, cautious work, which addresses thorny questions with a parent's compassion and a diplomat's delicate tread." --Harper's
"Ghobash encourages the reader to accept a modern, enlightened path that embraces diversity, not just within Islam but among all religions...It is this sort of wisdom that creates hope for a world in which people are smart enough to work together toward a common good rather than claw at one another while slowly sinking in quicksand." --Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The New York Times Book Review
"Ghobash encourages a search for nuance in a world consumed with a polarizing, partisan us-versus-them mentality. This is not another exhausting cri de coeur about why Muslims deserve sympathy. It's something more personal and intimate than that: a collection of letters from a father trying to empower his son to challenge an aggressive Islamist movement while simultaneously navigating oversimplified narratives surrounding his religion." --Slate
"Letters to a Young Muslim is much more than a father's advice to his impressionable young sons. It is a call to a generation of Muslims to reclaim their faith from the bigots and assert their individuality. It is a powerful celebration of common humanity and compassion over religious particularity and hatred and deserves to be read widely by people of all faiths and none." --The Sunday Times Book Review
"'I think that we need to look at Charlie Hebdo, and the Bataclan, and Orlando and ask ourselves if this is not precisely what some of us are taught by our religious leaders.' When an Arab diplomat has the courage to raise questions such as this, we must all pay attention and express admiration. To ask, as Omar Ghobash does, why the Islamic world in his lifetime has been so riven by violence, and to say that at least part of the answer lies within Muslim societies, is more than an act of bravery. It constitutes a clear step in the direction of a desperately needed social and religious reformation. Every Muslim, stands to gain from Ghobash's call for an improved and more individualistic approach to Islam." --Niall Ferguson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford
"Thoughtful reflections by a Muslim diplomat about questions of faith, culture, and modernity. Letters to a Young Muslim is a personal testimony to the debate unfolding in the Arab world about the identity of the state and the role of the sacred in the private and public sphere. An informative memoirs." --Fawaz A. Gerges, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science
"Letters to a Young Muslim is an honest and self-critical guide to the dilemmas facing young Muslims around the world. The book is full of brave questions, wisdom, and perhaps most importantly, it is a sincere father's heartfelt yearning for his sons' generation to resist the rise of theocratic fascism." --Ed Husain, author of The Islamist
"At once a cri de coeur, an honest critique of self and society but his insights can also serve as a road map for the future of Muslim societies. Drawing on his own life experiences, Ghobash in a series of beautifully written letters to his sons addresses some of the most pressing issues about Islam as a faith tradition in a cosmopolitan world. Unsurpassed in its candidness, Ghobash is a rare voice among Arab leaders who is confident and ready to tackle major challenges such as religiously motivated violence, democracy, freedom, faith, doubt and cosmopolitanism with wisdom and courage. A must read for anyone who wants to take the pulse of a crucial region of our world. Refreshing and effortless reading, filled with hope." --Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic Studies and co-director of the Contending Modernities program in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame
"Omar Ghobash has written a timely and incisive book about the hopes and aspirations of Muslims beyond the headlines that have shaped Western attitudes towards Islam. Looking at once to both the formative traditions of the Islamic faith, and the challenges the modern world has put before young Muslims, Ghobash provides an empathetic and learned view, one that strives for understanding and balance. Addressing young Muslims, Ghobash provides an intimate and passionate view of Islam looking into the future. At a time when extremism threatens Islam from within and reaction to it isolates Muslims this book is a must read for Muslims and non-Muslims, young and old alike, who are keen to understand how faith binds them and their aspirations could bridge the divide that separates them." --Vali Nasr, Dean and Professor of International Politics at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
OMAR SAIF GHOBASH is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia. In addition to his post in Moscow, Ambassador Ghobash sponsors the Saif GhobashBanipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation and is a founding trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in collaboration with the Booker Prize in London. Ambassador Ghobash studied law at Oxford and math at the University of London.
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The book was easy to read and entertaining too. I felt how deeply the author thought and reflected about the serious issues affecting Islam today. I particularly enjoyed his views about how young Muslims should adopt a more tolerant view towards other religions and non-Muslims as well.
It is a very timely book given the current troubled times we live in, when we often hear of terrorism and horrendous acts of violence being committed by fanatics in the name of Islam. The book is a call to take responsibility, to find the courage to question, to challenge and ultimately to strike the right balance and decide what version of Islam makes sense to anyone who calls himself or herself a Muslim in today’s world.
“The more difficult and perhaps more valuable sacrifice a person can make is to face the complexity of modern life and live life to its fullest – morally, spiritually, and socially. It is far more difficult to deal with the troubles thrown up by a globalised economy, the complexities of modern city life, and the utter sense of futility that all of us feel as some stage. And morally far more important. This is the true challenge of a religiously inspired life.”
Individualism is a theme in many of the letters. Ghobash conveys the importance of a sense of personal responsibility, the questioning of presented information, and an open-minded pursuit of knowledge in multiple contexts. The fact that Ghobash himself is half-Arab, half-Russian, and was educated in the West (UCL and Oxford) certainly played a role in this stance. While he does discuss several sensitive topics such as gender equality and sexuality, he presents his ideas and questions in a thought-provoking and inoffensive way. He does not try to shove any idea down your throat, but rather encourages a non-violent debate of ideas, acceptance of individual differences, and a pragmatic moral compass that is iterable as we look to coexist amongst different peoples, cultures, and beliefs.
An important read that I would recommend to both my Muslim and non-Muslim friends.