Iqbal's Fractured Vision: History as a Science and the Moral Weight of the Past

Philosophy East and West 70 (4):881-905 (2020)
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If we look at the sources and foundations of modern ways of living, it becomes clear that the whole world is steeped in jāhilīyah [ignorance], and all the marvelous material comforts and high-level inventions do not diminish this ignorance. … It is now not in that simple and primitive form of the ancient jāhilīyah, but takes the form of claiming that the right to create values, to legislate rules of collective behaviour, and to choose any way of life rests with men, without regard to what Allah Almighty has prescribed. 1Sayyid Qutb, in this passage and others, condemns modern customs and society under the heading of jāhilīyah, or ignorance. This term, occurring several times in the Qur'ān...
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