Although many Muslims have found the modern, secular, westernized world a hostile environment for their religion, a few intellectuals within their religion have attempted to interpret Islam along modernist lines. One of the most distinguished Muslim Modernists has been Syed Ameer Ali (1849-1928), the first Indian member of the Privy Council. This book examines his modernist interpretation of Islamic history and ethics. In particular, it examines Ameer Ali's convictions of Islamic beliefs about prophethood and revelation. It explores whether such an explanation of how to be a faithful Muslim in the contemporary world is convincing and, if so, to what group or groups of Muslims. Further, it asks whether many n-Muslims would be attracted to such an exposition of Islam.
The Author: Martin Forward has taught Islam at Leicester, Bristol and Cambridge universities. At present, he is Academic Dean at Wesley House, and a member of Cambridge University's Faculty of Divinity. He is the author of a number of books, including Muhammad: A Short Biography (Oneworld, 1997) and A Bag of Needments: Geoffrey Parrinder and the Study of Religion (Peter Lang, 1998). He is an honorary member of the Islamic Association of Singapore.