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Politics & government
Islam is often misunderstood because of certain fundamentalists who have turned jehad into a misnomer and lead the youth astray. This book Islam: History and Misgiving by Dr. Asghar Ali Engineers digs the truth out of the closet and clears the haze off the myths which have been passed off as Holy Preachings.
These articles reflect the author's impeccable understanding of the Islamic religion and Qur'anic teachings. Sensitive issues like gender and feminism; along with other commonly debated theories on science, corporal punishment, Hindutva, cow slaughter and violence have been dealt with astutely.
Ali discourse on several disputed issues and quotes extensively from Qur'an. He unravels the mystery of the ?Missing Verse? in whose guise people take undue liberties and also demystifies the word Kafir. He refutes those who preach that science and Islam are oxymorons and unveils the hidden similarities between the two. He gives even arguments on teh rights of women and does not shy away from admitting the shortcomings of people in interpreting them. He dives into the unfathomable and rediscovers the origin of Islam.
This compilation is a must-read for all those who want to understand the preachings of the religion which has for long been unjustly associated with fanaticism.
About The Author
Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer was in Rajasthan in 1939. He graduated in civil engineering from Indore, Madhya Pradesh and also took training in Hadith, tawil, fiqh and Qur'anic tafsir, An internationally renowned scholar of Islam, he has published over 50 books on Islam including Rights of Women in Islam, Liberation Theology in Islam, Communalism and Communal Harmony.
He is a peace activist and is currently leading a reform movement in Bohra Muslim community to which he belongs. He was awarded the National Communal Harmony Award by Government of India in 1998 and the Right Livelihood Award, also known as Alternate Nobel Award by Swedish Academy, in 2004. He was conferred Honorary Doctorate by Calcutta University in 1993 and Hamdard Islamic University, Delhi in 2005. He is Founding Chairman of Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and Institute of Islamic Studies.