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Tomorrow's Islam: uniting age-old beliefs and a modern world

by Peter Kirkwood & Geraldine Doogue

September 11. Bali bombings. War in Iraq and Afghanistan. The threat of extremism has made many in the Western world fearful of Islam. But should they be? Geraldine Doogue and Peter Kirkwood set out to ask the hard questions.

Originating from the acclaimed ABC television Compass special of the same name, Tomorrow's Islam is a thoughtful and highly accessible insight into Islam from the perspective of two curious - and critical - Western journalists.

This work draws on extensive research and interviews with leading progressive Muslim thinkers and leaders from around the world who are grappling with an accommodation between modernity and Islam. People like controversial Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who is attempting to open an Islamic centre in the shadow of Ground Zero in New York, charismatic European scholar Tariq Ramadan, and member of the British Parliament Baroness Pola Uddin.

This compelling work considers the following issues: How does the world move on from September 11? Are most Muslims for or against terrorism and jihad? Is there really a clash of civilisations? Can the Muslim world embrace democracy? Are Muslims in the West ghettoised or leading reform? Are Islamic women repressed or autonomous? And regarding the future - is there cause for optimism or pessimism?

At a time of grave unease and confusion in the world, Tomorrow's Islam provides some clarity and much needed answers to these complex questions.

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The Quiet Revolution: the emergence of interfaith consciousness

by Peter Kirkwood

The rapid transition to a religiously pluralistic world is exciting, inspiring, perplexing, troubling and threatening all at once. So, more than at any time in our planet's history there is a need for mutual understanding among the world's major faiths.

While fundamentalist terror grabs the headlines, there is another side to the story. From Asia to the Americas, the Middle East to the Pacific, the interfaith movement is the driving force behind a surging revolution in belief.

'The Quiet Revolution' investigates the growth of interfaith communication in a time of deep transformation- a movement begun over one hundred years ago but propelled to necessity by the tragic events of September 11.

'The Quiet Revolution' introduces some of the key thinkers and activists spearheading interfaith dialogue - The Jewish rabbi from Jerusalem, the Roman Catholic priest in Spain, the Muslim imam and his wife trying to open an Islamic Centre within blocks of Ground Zero in New York, the Korean Christian theologian who has been called a postmodern urban feminist shaman.

These 'quiet revolutionaries', the organisations around the world they have founded, and the ideas of accepting differences and variety are part of broader and increasingly essential interfaith networks investigated in this book.