The Recent Engagement Of Contemporary Islamic Thought With Modernity

875 Words Aug 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Serhan Tanriverdi
Contemporary Islamic Thought
Dr. Ermin Sinanovic
Reflection Paper
The Recent Engagement of Contemporary Islamic Thought with Modernity in the West
Modernization theory has been one of the master theoretical narratives to understand the major institutional and cultural transformation from traditional societies to modern ones. It was developed by the founders of sociology and has dominated the widespread understanding and explanations of many social differentiation processes including rationalization, individualization, urbanization, and secularization for several decades. Thus, sociologists believed that the consequences of modernization were unavoidable route and common destinations and patters for modern or all developing societies. Sociologist also expected western modernity will be a single modernization path and it would ultimately take over in all modernizing and modern societies; with the expansion the basic premises of modernity, they would prevail throughout the world until the last decades. Ultimately, sociologists such as Peter Berger anticipated the vanishing of religion with the progress in scientific developments and the advance of modernity around 1960-70s.
Numerous developments in the two decades, however, have opened up important theoretical debates for the reconsideration of modernity in more empirically realistic and metaphysically open terms. One of the most promising of these is Shmuel Eisenstadt’s nation of multiple modernities because…
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