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Islamic Pluralism and the Muslim Voice: Western Attitudes that Define Islamic Identity in the West

AJIS Volume 9, Issue 1, 2024 Special Issue - Islamic and Muslim Studies in the Period of Great Transformation


This article examines the parameters of what constitutes the Muslim voice in the West through analysis of Islamic pluralism and modernity. It uses the voices of Said Nursi and Fazlur Rahman to complement the perspectives of outsider voices, Bernard Lewis and John Esposito, who have impacted the attitudes behind the bias in the West towards Islamic identity and practice. Further, it highlights the examination of Islamic pluralism in the West alongside the consideration of Muslim spoken word artists who use their mediums to express the pain and struggles they have endured. This article bridges academic and societal attitudes towards understanding the perceptions of Islamic pluralism in the West.


Islam, Islamic pluralism, Western attitudes, Islamic identity, identity


Author Biography

Hayba Abouzeid

Dr. Hayba Abouzeid completed her PhD in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University, Australia.


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