Muslim Citizens of the Globalized World

Tughra Books
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Exploring the response and contributions of Muslims and Turkish Muslims to globalization?including areas such as democratization, scientific revolution, changing gender roles, and religious diversity?this study identifies the common values and visions of peace Muslims share. This study places specific analysis on the Glen movement?a growing approach to the reunification of faith and reason with hopes for a peaceful coexistence between liberal democracies and the religiously diverse.
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Tughra Books
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Published on
Dec 1, 2007
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Pages
198
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ISBN
9781597846141
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Islamic Studies
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