Dissertation Defense: Miloud Tais

Candidate Name: Miloud Tais

Major: Islamic Studies

Advisor: Felicitas M. Opwis, Ph.D.

Title: Between Revivalism and Reconstructionism: Islam, Reform, and Secularism in the Works of Taha Abderrahmane and Mohammed Arkoun

The examination of the works of some of the major reformist thinkers in the Maghrib region since the late nineteenth century reveals a tension between two attitudes, revivalism and reconstructionism. The study contends that Taha Abderrahmane and Mohammed Arkoun are in some ways the ultimate representatives of later more sophisticated revivalist and reconstructionist drives respectively. Abderrahmane seeks to ground a modern social and political system in renewed Islamic principles that he carefully elaborates to act as a corrective to what he presents as the failures of uncritically imported Western modernity and secularism. He keeps the Islamic at the forefront of an overarching system that replaces ʿalmāniyya (secularism) with i’timāniyya (entrusting). Arkoun, on the other hand, critiques the very foundations of “Islamic principles” and grounds modernity and secularism in a Muslim context through that very critique. He challenges the historical interpretations of Islam and calls for keeping a constant space open for the secular, as a way of combating

Friday, May 25, 2018 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 241 (CCAS Boardroom)
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Academic Events, Dissertation Defense


Georgetown College, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



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