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LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM by Omar Saif Ghobash

LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM by Omar Saif Ghobash
02 Apr
2017
As Ghobash points out, his eldest son is only two decades years younger than him, and yet is growing up in a radically different world than he did, thanks to the intense, turbo-powered globalisation through which modern technology and extreme wealth has poured into the UAE, his home country

With the pivotal and multifaceted role which the very concept of Islam has taken in modern geopolitics, he explores how compatible traditional Islamic culture is with the 21st century, especially with Western society just a mouse click away.

He invites us to eavesdrop on a series of mini-lectures to his son, covering such subjects as peace, wealth, and terrorism. This simplistic approach, with short, punchy, easily digestible chapters, makes it easy to follow, regardless of your knowledge of Islam. Obviously, he condemns Islamophobia, yet he supports the contemporary argument that Muslims need to better comprehend and deal with the language of violence which has become intertwined with their religion.

Clearly, there are differences between the West and much of the Islamic world, even if these differences have been vastly exaggerated by loud voices in the media. Ghobash is keen to ask exactly how irreconcilable socio-cultural values such as democracy and sexual freedom truly are with Islam; his view being that such issues are often rejected through their mere association with the West, while the core logic behind such values is actually far more agreeable. No doubt others would differ, but he never pretends to provide anything except his own opinions. Via the polar extremes of Sufism and Wahhabism, and everything in-between, Ghobash illustrates neatly the difficulties facing Muslim parents trying to guide their offspring through a globalised, multi-cultural world.

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