Muslim Community/Ummah in Changing Society: Re-Contextualization of the Qur.an in Political Context


GÖKKIR N.

Hemispheres Studies on Cultures and societies, no.24, pp.29-40, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Title of Journal : Hemispheres Studies on Cultures and societies
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-40

Abstract

The study aims to make a modest contribution to research into Muslim readings of the Qur’an in its changing social context. For this aim, the study explores to what extent the impact of different political and social concerns on the conceptual world of the Islam and to demonstrate the changes of theological attitude towards the issues in accordance with contemporary political values. In other words, the real purpose of the study is to show that the different political circumstances and conditions have effected the reception and the perception of the reader of the Qur’an. The subject of the “Muslim Community” is taken as a case for the main purpose.  For this, the main part of the research now is devoted to the study on the reflections on religio-communal concepts of Islam, especially the ummah (community) in the past and present.  Therefore, this paper very much hopes to stay with this line of inquiry and of this kind of questions: What does the Qur’an mean today to those Muslims living under globalizing political values? How can they usefully make a link between changing configurations of politics and the Qur’anic discourses? How is the Qur’an explained by political concepts or in other words how is it politicized?