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SADIK J. AL-AZM

CRITIQUE OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT

First English Translation of naqd al-fikr ad-dini
With a New Introduction by the Author


Hardcover, 240 pages
ISBN: 978-3-940924-44-5
Published: 2014
Price: EUR 75
Plus shipping
(Plus 7% VAT within EU, only if no VAT ID supplied)

Sadik al-Azm's Critique of Religious Thought set off one of the the great Arab intellectual uproars of the twentieth century, leading to the author's imprisonment and trial for mocking religion and inciting sectarian conflict. As in his earlier Self-Criticism after the Defeat, al-Azm takes on the taboos of the age and their sponsors: the religious elites. In this book he attempts to awaken the Arab mind from its dogmatic slumber, leading it out of the Middle Ages and into a modern world characterized by science and rationality. Critique of Religious Thought is one of the most controversial and influential books about the role of religion in Arab politics.

This is the first authorized English translation of Sadik Al-Azm's work, Naqd al-fikr ad-dini, originally published in Arabic in 1969. Newly translated by George Stergios and Mansour Ajami, with an introduction for this edition by the author.

Professor al-Azm was educated at the American University Beirut, and at Yale in modern European philosophy and has taught at Damascus, Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis, Oslo, Antwerp, Hamburg, and Berlin, his academic specialization being Immanuel Kant and the critique of religious thought.

He has been the recipient of the Dr. Leopold-Lucas Prize 2004, the Erasmus Prize 2004, the Mahmoud Darwish Award for Freedom and Creativity 2013, and the Goethe Medal awarded by the Goethe Institute 2015.

DNB link: http://d-nb.info/1049547675
LC link: https://lccn.loc.gov/2015459442

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- Islamic Studies
- Politics
- Philosophy

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