Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Progressive Islam

6 October 2017 (Fri), 3 - 5:00 PM
At Yale-NUS Performance Hall

Drawing upon years of scholarship on progressive Islam, Dr Duderija’s talk will provide an overview of the worldview underpinning progressive Islam, its approach to conceptualising and interpreting the Islamic tradition (turath) and its theology.

The main part of Dr. Duderija ‘s talk will describe the normative imperatives of progressive Islam, including Islamic liberation theology, affirmation of religious pluralism and gender just interpretations of Islam. Dr. Duderija will conclude by highlighting the cosmopolitan, intellectual and ethical nature of progressive Islam and how it can contribute not only to a revival of marginalised aspects of the pre-modern Islamic heritage but also, alongside other progressive minded spiritual, religious political, social and economic forces, to the flourishing of the human spirit and all of creation in general.

Dr. Adis Duderija is the lecturer in Islam and Society, in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University. His research expertise are in contemporary Islam (progressive Islam, contemporary Islamic hermeneutics, contemporary Salafism, Islam, Gender and Politics, inter-religious dialogue and inter-religious hermeneutics) and western Muslims’ identity construction. His books and edited books include The Imperatives of Progressive Islam (Routledge, 2017), The Sunna and its Status in Islamic Law (Palgrave, 2015 ed.), Maqasid al Shari’a and Contemporary Muslim Reformist Thought (Palgrave, 2014, ed.) and Constructing Religiously Ideal ‘Believer’ and ‘Muslim Woman’ Concepts: Neo-Traditional Salafi and Progressive Muslim Methods of Interpretation (Manahij), (2011).