Renewal in Islamic Thought in the Face of Extremism


The clear interest in the issue of renewing religious thought during the past decades reflects the agreement of most of those interested in Islamic studies on the importance of this topic, and the need to constantly reconsider the contents and formulas of Islamic thought, with the aim of renewing them and activating the static elements in it so that thought keeps pace with the movement of society and its cultural choices. Renewal is no longer an intellectual luxury; rather, it is a necessary and inevitable need that confirms man’s belonging to his time and being affected by what is happening around him, especially since it is the guarantee to provide the conditions for continuity of thought in order to play its role in awareness and enlightenment and reviving communication between thought and society.This necessity is necessitated by several issues, including the changing reality, new incidents, and the speed of development that all societies witness on a daily basis. The successive developments and changes, and the accompanying developments in life, imposed on Islamic thought to overcome the state of decline and the decline that it experienced during the past eras and necessitated it to intensify and expand its preoccupations, renewing its methodologies and review them to accommodate contemporary developments.This is in addition to the growing realization that renewal is a civilized act and a catalyst for keeping pace and continuity in all fields and is not limited to the intellectual field alone, but extends to the economic, social and political fields after it as a civilized project in the life of the nation and society. Thus, the growing awareness of the spirit of age and openness to its issues formed the grounds for the renewal trends, in order to overcome the estrangement of knowledge with the times and to be active in contemporary life after it, the means to launch, i.e. openness and communication with the present and the future.