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Islam and the Challenges of Modernity - An Agenda for the Twenty First Century
- Author:  Shaukat Ali
- Price in Pak Rupees: Rs. 500/-
- ISBN: 969-415-074-4

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Dr. Shaukat Ali was a renowned scholar and a prolific writer. Many of his books were published in the USA and Pakistan. We may expect that this work will be in refreshing contrast to some of the material on this vital subject, which presents a falsified version of Islam.


On the subject of Islam and the West, or Islam and the challenge of modernity, several books have been published representing various shades of opinion. Some try to reinterpret Islam in the light of western values and others vice versa. But in this work, Dr. Shaukat Ali adopts an entirely different approach, the need of the times, which is to explore Islamic values from an indigenous standpoint. His view is that it is neither the West, nor the challenge of modernity, that threatens Islamic principles, but it is something inherent in Islam itself that enables it to adjust to the changes wrought by modern challenges. Following in the tradition of Allama Mohammad Iqbal, poet-philosopher of Pakistan, an effort to meet modern challenges may be treated not as an effort of getting closer to western life, but as an effort to get closer to the original spirit of Islam as manifest in the times of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH. This very approach has been carried yet further by Dr. Shaukat Ali.


In view of the critical nature and complexity of the relationship between Islam and modernity it is in the fitness of things to clarify the meaning and definition of modernity. This volume would help us to understand the need of modernization and the kind of challenges that are being encountered by Muslim communities which constitute nearly one fifth of humanity. Hence, the work can also be of great value for researchers, teachers and readers.

Dr. Shaukat Ali, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA, and former Professor of the Punjab University, visiting scholar at the Civil Services Academy, NIPA, the Administrative Staff College and author of several books on Islam, Politics and Pakistan expired in USA on Friday 3  October 2003.


Dr. Shaukat Ali was born in Lahore on March 10, 1923. He received his early education in Dyal Singh School and subsequently did his Bachelors' degree from Dyal Singh College, Lahore. He got his M.A. Degree in History in 1947 and received his M.A. in Political Science in 1949. In 1950, he started teaching in Government College Lahore as a lecturer in Political Science. In 1952, he joined the department of Political Science, Punjab University as a permanent member of the faculty. He worked at the Punjab University till 1970 when he left for USA to work as an Associate Professor of Political Science at the South-Eastern Massachusetts University.

During his stay in the United States, he authored several books and won several academic awards and was listed among the outstanding Educators of America in 1974. In recognition of his achievements and scholarship, the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA, conferred upon him the lifelong rank and status of Professor Emeritus.


The following are some of the important books to his credit:

A Trilogy on the Case Approach; History Social Sciences and Behaviouralism; Administrative Ethics in a Muslim State:
Politics of Oil in the Middle East; Intellectual Foundations of Muslim Civilization; Pan-Movements in the Third World, Enduring Themes in Administration; Corruption: A Third World Perspective; Masters of Muslim Thought (2 Vols.); Nation Building Development and Administration:
Contemporary Religious Thought in Islam; Millenarian and Messianic Tendencies in Islamic History and Pakistan: A Religio-Political Study.


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