Author: Muhammad Asad
Publisher: Ta-ha Publishers
About the Book: First published in 1934, this book “Islam at the Crossroads” was written as plea to the Muslims of that generation to avoid a blind imitation of Western social forms and values, and to try to preserve instead their Islamic heritage which once upon a time had been responsible for the glorious many-sided historical phenomenon comprised in the “Muslim Civilization”. But, as it happened, much of what the author had aimed at was subsequently misunderstood by the readers and leaders who failed to grasp the full implications of his call to cultural creativeness and to return to the true ideology of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
This revised edition, it is hoped, would clarify something of the tragic confusion nowadays prevailing in the Muslim world. This is dedicated to the Muslim youth of today, just as the original 1934 edition was dedicated to the Muslim youth of those days.
Ammar Awais –
The book takes a practical look at how Islam can be ‘regenerated’ in the contemporary era of Muslim decline. The book appeals to the readers to preserve their Islamic heritage rather than blindly imitating all Western customs and social forms, and calls for a return to the true ideology of the Quran and Sunnah. He emphasizes the significance of learning and knowledge, and how we today need to study sciences along Western lines without conceding to their philosophy. This book, like other writings by Muhammad Asad, reflects the highest level of intellectualism. ‘Islam at the Crossroads’ has also been endorsed by Allama Muhammad Iqbal as an excellent read for young Muslims.
Ammar Awais –