Progressive Muslims—Deﬁning and DelineatingIdentities and Ways of Being a Muslim ADIS DUDERIJA Abstract This article purports to outline some major themes, ideas and values underpinning Progressive Muslim thought and Weltanschauung . The argument is based uponthe premise that in deﬁning religious identity one of the most crucial factors to betaken into consideration are the differences in methodological, ontological and epis-temological assumptions as we attempt to understand the primary sources of reli- gious knowledge. In the ﬁrst part of the article, the overall heuristic and methodology of deﬁning and delineating Muslim identities / groups or ways of being a Muslim is presented. The second section brieﬂy outlines studies whichhave detected and generally described a Progressive Muslim identity among Western Muslims. The third part aims to present a discussion on some deﬁning themes underpinning the worldview of progressive Muslims, including the principlesof prophetic solidarity, speaking truth to power and their approach to conceptualiz-ing and interpreting the Islamic tradition.
- progressive Muslims; western muslims; critical Muslims,
- sociology of religion
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