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A Living Faith: My Quest for Peace, Harmony and Social Change - An Autobiography of Asghar Ali Engineer

Price : $19.75
ISBN # : 9788125045724
Author : Asghar Ali Engineer
pages: 360
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2012

For most of the seventy-one years of his life, Asghar Ali Engineer has been a tireless soldier to the cause of national integration and communal harmony. Well-known today as a reformist, an activist and Islamic scholar, Asghar Ali Engineer received the Right Livelihood, or the Alternative Nobel , award in 2004 . . . for promoting over many years in South Asia the values of religious and communal co-existence, tolerance and mutual understanding .

Written with the simplicity that perhaps describes the man himself, is an extensive autobiographical account of Asghar Ali Engineer s commitment to building an inclusive society and his inter-pretation of Islam as a modernist. It chronicles the personal, social and political events that shaped his life and views, his struggle against the orthodox Bohra priesthood and his rise as a leader of social and religious reform. It also documents his interactions with religious and political leaders of various hues across the world in the attempt to create a society that embraces all faiths.

Through the reminiscences of a life that has been lived for truth, depicts a journey from violence to peace, from prejudice to acceptance, from politics of power and religion to the power of humanity one that continues unheeded, against all odds.

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Mushirul Hasan

PART I My Life, My Struggle One: My Growing-up Years Two: Understanding the Divide: Within and Outside Three: Towards Truth: My Struggle Begins... Four: The Bohra Reform Movement Five: The Communal Challenge Continues: Amidst Politics, Power and the People

PART II Beyond Boundaries: My Travels Abroad Six: The United Kingdom Seven: The Indian Sub-Continent Eight: Africa Nine: Asia Ten: The Americas Eleven: Middle-East and Central Asia Twelve: Europe Thirteen: Australia

PART III The Journey So Far... Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Author Bio: Dr Asghar Ali Engineer is a well-known reformist, writer and activist. Internationally known for his work on liberation theology in Islam, he leads the progressive Dawoodi Bohra reform movement. He is currently Chairperson, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai, and Director, Institute of Islamic Studies, Mumbai.

Review 1: ... A striking quality about Engineer is his rationality and his calm approach to whatever comes his way. This equanimity is what comes across as one turns the pages of the book.... [It is] a perceptive commentary on society written with unassuming scholarliness....

Source: Frontline

Review 2: Invalid input characters filtered from this field Reading his account of his own life, it becomes obvious that the values Engineer has always stood for foremost among them understanding and harmony be­tween Hindus and Muslims come not only from his scholarship, but from a genuine belief in religion as a force that unites humanity . His interpretation of kafir (unbeliever) as one who lives selfish­ly, and a mumin (believer) as one who refuses to compromise and is compassion­ate, needs to reach all Indians.

Source: Economic and Political Weekly

Review 3: Invalid input characters filtered from this field Ashgar Ali Engineer has given us a hard-hitting account of his exemplary life, marked by pursuit of equality and human rights, offering a statement that could stand as the very summary of his character as well as a moral lesson for others: How can one give up?

Source: - Paul R. Brass, University of Washington, Seattle

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 15 February, 2012.

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