Radical Engagements: Essays on Religion, Extremism, Politics, and Libya
This volume brings together the writings of one of the Muslim world’s leading theologians, Aref Ali Nayed, on religion, politics, extremism, and the Libyan Revolution. The author was a leading figure in the Libyan Revolution and is one of the rare scholars who has been able to combine knowledge of governance and statecraft, but also reflect on the role of religion and the effects and consequences of revolutions. This is a unique collection of essays, monographs, op-eds, speeches, and interviews published over the last five years and brought together for the first time as an anthology.
“I have had the privilege of working with a range of world leaders across public, private, and social sectors–from Their Majesties King Hussein and Queen Noorto Diana, Princess of Wales, U.N.Secretary General Kofi Anan, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes, but rarely do you find an individual who seamlessly integrates theological, philosophical, political, economic, religious, and social network analysis. More rare is the individual who can apply these diverse strands to the urgent challenges of our day, including the resurgence of religion-related violence–the mass killing in the name of God.” — from the Foreword by Professor Jerry White, Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work on the International Campaign to Ban Landmines