The History of Reform and the Future of Islam

May 3, 2010

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Young, American Muslim women at a mosque whose leader blends American culture and the Koran to appeal to the next generation, photo by Monica Almeida/The New York Times


The history of reform in Islam dates back centuries, and the concept of reform is actually a central tenant of the Islamic faith. But some may misunderstand the roots of Muslim reform. Today we begin a week-long series called “Islamic Reform: Towards a Global Reformation Movement.”

John Esposito is Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. His latest book is called The Future of Islam. We talk about the history of reform in Islam and the reformers making their mark in Muslim societies today.