Tariq Ramadan in his book, Radical Reform: Islamic Ethic and Liberation, addresses Muslim societies and communities everywhere with a bold call for radical reform.
The publisher, Oxford University Press, writes in its description of the book that ‘it is bound to provoke controversy and spark debate among Muslims and non-Muslims alike’.
Ramadan argues that radical reform demands not only the equal contributions of scholars of both the text and the context, but the critical engagement and creative imagination of the Muslim masses.
In response to this call for critical engagement, a group of interested and courageous readers in Toronto, (seeking to contribute with confidence!), have been meeting to discuss and reflect on the author’s bold proposals for reforming Muslim minds - see Reading Circle schedule here
Reflections on 2nd week reading, II. Classical Approaches of the fundamentals of law and jurisprudence: Pages 41-84
Closer to the Prophet’s generation and within the milieu that received the divine communication, there was a natural desire to remain faithful to the message (advocates of tradition).
Exposure matures and widens understandings.