The golden age and the contemporary political order

The Muslim Brotherhood and early Islam

Authored by: Rachel M. Scott

Routledge Handbook on Early Islam

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138821187
eBook ISBN: 9781315743462
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Returning to a golden age is a common theme in many religious and philosophical traditions. Much of modern Muslim thought is characterized by the idea of the golden age – with an emphasis upon the Qur??n and the Sunna – as the answer to Islam’s challenge with modernity. One of the underlying assumptions of such a concept is that in the post-formative period, Islam departed from its true self. The task of contemporary Muslims, it is argued, is to resurrect this golden age and re-enact it today.

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