Sheikh Yūsuf al-Qaradawi: A Moderate Voice from the Muslim World?
Article first published online: 1 SEP 2010
© 2010 The Author. Religion Compass © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 4, Issue 9, pages 563–575, September 2010
How to Cite
Soage, A. B. (2010), Sheikh Yūsuf al-Qaradawi: A Moderate Voice from the Muslim World?. Religion Compass, 4: 563–575. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-8171.2010.00236.x
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 1 SEP 2010
Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi is one of the most prominent and respected religious scholars in the Muslim world, particularly amongst so-called moderate Islamists. In this article, we start by providing a summary of his biography, including the influence of the Muslim Brothers Society on his political and intellectual development. We will then explore his key ideas, notably the adoption of the term wasatiyya or ‘middle way’ to describe his position vis-à-vis the main questions facing both Muslims and Islam. Finally, we will take a look at his attitude towards those who not share his vision, which exemplifies the less appealing aspects of his thought.