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Funny, challenging, controversial, passionate and unforgiving, this is an unprecedented personal account of a MuslimĚs life in the modern world.
Dr Esack is a Muslim theologian and academic; he is also a well-known commentator on Islamic affairs, and an outspoken social activist. Every day immersed in the hotbed of controversy where faith and modernity meet, Esack is in a unique position to trample unashamedly over the traditional boundaries between the spiritual and the secular to tackle some of the key questions facing Muslims in the contemporary age. These range from the intensely personal - such as cultivating a meaningful personal relationship with God and being honestly self-aware - to meeting the major socio-political challenges of today, such as gender equality, religious freedom and racial tolerance.
A perceptive and ground breaking account of modern Islam, there is a great deal to be learnt from this book by anyone interested in the burning social and spiritual issues of the day.
About the Author
Farid Esack has an international reputation as a Muslim scholar, speaker and human rights activist. He has lectured widely on religion and lslamic Studies, and also served as a Commissioner for Gender Equality with Nelson MandelaĚs government.
Table of Contents
ON BEING WITH ALLAH
Can Allah be supremely indifferent?
Between Allah and a neurotic self
Allah: More than an ideological appendage
Words and works for a window
More to the rituals than motions?
DonĚt forget to marinate the meat!
Ramadan: When boats are safe in the harbour
ON BEING WITH MYSELF
Freedom isnĚt free
Dying by the inches
And the truth shall set you free
Who says IĚm not important?
Life! Life! (Or is it ĚWife! Wife!Ě?)
ON BEING WITH YOU
Beyond the Masks
Why two ears and one mouth?
Why does he take so long with the meat?
To dump or not to dump?
Though poverty became their lot
My BrotherĚs flesh on the menu?
ON BEING A SOCIAL BEING
Revelation or revolution?
The ReaderĚs Digest Islam
WhoĚs in charge around here?
On building burdens
Wanna have some power?
ON BEING WITH THE GENDERED OTHER
On Mandela and Women
The gender Jihad
ItĚs just a dark blob out there
The fall of man
Calling all married couples
The courage to be mad
ON THE SELF IN A WORLD OF OTHERNESS
Knock, knock - ItĚs the Malboet ( and HeĚs knocking for me)
Go slowly with the mud!
On Ants and elephants
Long live Mrs Batista!
Access to our waterholes?
The jews! Watch out for the Jews
ON BEING A NEW SOUTH AFRICAN MUSLIM
On the brink of freedom?
Tell us about your glasses
Switch off if you get turned on!
Crime out there? Or in here?
On murdering murderers
Finders keepers, losers weepers