Public Theology in Islam: a new approach?
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The discourse of Islam around the world after 9/11 has been focused on the radical side of Islam. The media tend to report stories about burga, jihad, and Sharia from the context of the fear of Islamic radicalism. The other aspects of Islam have been ignored in the public discourse. My paper seeks to fill the gap by examining the development of public theology in Islam. Public theology seeks to provide resources for people to make connections between their faith and the practical issues facing society. Therefore, the question is: how should Islamic theology respond to the real and practical issues facing Muslims?