DOI: https://doi.org/10.21847/1728-9343.2019.5(163).180645

Muslim society on the border of traditionality and reforming

Iryna Bershadska

Abstract


This article is devoted to the consideration of the state of Muslim society on the border of adherence to the traditional system and the need to reform religious and socio-legal doctrines. Comparative philosophy as a branch of research, dealing with a comparative analysis of various philosophical traditions, cultures, and particular concepts of categorical apparatus helps to find out the differences and common principles of social being. Within philosophical comparative studies we can consider the peculiarities of the reforming process of Muslim society from ancient times to the nowadays. Turning to the example of Islamic culture, we see the complexity in not only the collision of cultures and the integration of Islamic traditions to the Western world, but also in internal processes that are determined by the necessity to preserve the traditions of culture and religion in the conditions of the strict need for reforming Islam. The globalization processes of the modern world make Muslim countries accept the reformist movement, which is a precondition for the progressive development of society. Understanding the concept of tradition considered by the Iranian thinker Nasr as an existential entity that crosses the history of all humanity, explains some of the points in the Muslim worldview. Tradition in the Islamic world is not only a tribute to the religious component, but also a trait of self-identification. Researchers at the West-East Dialogue do not give a clear guide and answer for reforming Islamic society, but it is worth noting that multiculturalism and globalization of the 21st century lead to gradual reforms and recognition of the Other to be included in the dialogue


Keywords


comparative philosophy; tradition; reforming; Islamic culture; concept “Perennis philosophy”; globalization; modernization of Islam

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