The Sorrowful Muslim’s Guide by Hussein Ahmad Amin, Translated by Yasmin Amin, Nesrin Amin published in Association with the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations explores the interaction between pre-Islamic tradition and modern supporters of continuity, reform and change in Muslim communities.
Published as Dalīl al-Muslim al-ḥazīn ilā muqtada-l-sulūk fī’l-qarn al-ʿishrīn in 1983, this book remains a timely and important read today. Both the resurgence of Islamist politics and the political, social and intellectual upheaval which accompanied the Arab Spring challenge us to re-examine the interaction between the pre-modern Islamic tradition and modern supporters of continuity, reform and change in Muslim communities.
About the Author: Hussein Ahmad Amin was born in Cairo in 1932 and died in 2014. While Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Institute in Cairo he produced several major works on Islam, all of which were critical of Islamist movements.
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