22 November 2009

Islamic liberation theology author and "Radicals" amongst most influential Muslims

South African Farid Esack, author of "Qur'an, Liberation and Pluralism: an Islamic perspective of interreligious solidarity against oppression" (Oneworld Publications, 1997), has been named one of the world's most influential Muslims.

"The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World" is a 2009 publication by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) in Jordan and Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in Washington, DC, USA. The book, which is available free of charge online, was edited by Prof John L. Esposito and Prof Ibrahim Kalin (both Georgetown):


Esack, recently a Visiting Professor at Harvard Divinity School and identified by the book's editors as "a professor at the University of Johannesburg" (although he appears not now to be listed on that university's website), has found mention in two categories: "Scholarly" and "Issues of the Day".

There is also a whole category of "Radicals" amongst the most influential Muslims, including all the usual suspects, who will subscribe to a form of fundamentalist Islamic political theology entirely different from Esack's.

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