Topic The History of Islamic Political Thoughts From Classical to Modern Period – Part3
Date: 6th December – 8th December 2019
Venue: Patio 2 Level 2, Concorde Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
From Abu Hurairah r.a. from Rasulullah SAW he said: “Verily Allah will send to this nation at the top of every one hundred years the people who renew (to the nation) the religion.”
[Hadith narrated by Abu Daud]
While the vast Islamic traditions in the history of the Muslim societies bear witness to countless moments of reform and renewal in their approach, the orientalist perspective, according to Edward Said, stood in contrast with such idea. They believed that ‘Islam does not develop, and neither do Muslims; they merely are’, and, furthermore, Islam seems to be about texts rather than people. Such views are the targets of Edward Said’s criticism when he published his book titled Orientalism in 1978, rightfully during the time when Islam and Muslim societies are generally attacked for not being able to commit to the concept of democracy and freedom as understood by the imperial powers.