WE CAN SAY THAT THE RESURRECTION OF ISLAM IS A NEW WORLD HISTORY READING, WHICH IS BASED ON THE POLITICAL, CULTURAL, SOCIAL, AND INTELLECTUAL EVENTS OF THE 1960s.
The first print of The Resurrection of Islam (Diriliş Publishing) was done in 1967. However, the book was not only for the period that it was written. In other words, the book has a strong aspect that illuminates today, shows how the Muslim societies came to these days and the obstacles they had to face, determines the obstacles, interprets them, makes predictions by examining historical developments, develops thesis, and makes claims. The eleventh print of the book was done in 2012.
We can say that The Resurrection of Islam is a new world history reading, which is based on the political, cultural, social, and intellectual events of the 1960s. According to Sezai Karakoç, Muslims retrieved the ‘foreign conditions’ that they needed to strengthen an Islamic movement after the Second World War. In other words, they were able to act more freely after it and felt the pressure of the foreign countries less. The subconsciousness of the Islamic societies must be full of longing for Islam along with its reality value, structure, and essence, which already existed in Islam and kept it alive; and this is the domestic condition. As a result of these conditions, the movements such as Necip Fazıl Kısakürek in Turkey, Seyyid Kutup in Egypt, Mevdudi and Nedevi in Pakistan, Malik Bin Nebi in North Africa were born. The common ground of them all is opposing the ‘western slavery’.
Sezai Karakoç starts the Resurrection of Islam by discussing the direction of the world politics and the political, cultural, economical, and artistic developments in the European, African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries. The determinations of Karakoç are pertinent and original. Maybe, these features of being original and having a poet’s senses are what make this work readable even today. These features also keep the star of the book shine at all times. For instance, Karakoç talks about a drama: Europe can never make itself loveable. Yes, Europe might be bewared, although, it has aspects that might be appreciated. However, other countries never liked Europe. This is why Europe faces ‘…an antipathy and non-response’. This is an event that has never been seen in any civilization before the European civilization.
Has Islam been dead, so it would resurrect? What Karakoç means by the Resurrection of Islam is not the principal of Islam. The principal of Islam can never die; it is always alive and eternal. What he means by ‘the resurrection of Islam’ is the rebirth of the Islamic societies, the manifest of these societies, and their ending the ‘historical vendettas between the nations’.
According to Sezai Karakoç, the resurrection of Islam would take place first in thought, later in faith, and much later in culture. An illuminated team was needed to reveal, develop, expand, and have this movement be adapted by large masses. Enlightened people of Islam would understand, examine, and experience the faith, thought, and artistic dynamics of the populace, to the contrary of the enlightened people of Westernism who despise them.
The Resurrection of Islam is a treasure for the ones who would like to look at events from another perspective.
The Library of the Author:
– Old Masters, Thomas Bernhard, 2015, Yapı Kredi Publishing
– Dangerous Maybe, Osman Konuk, 2014, Profil Publishing
-From Culture to Wisdom, Cemil Meriç, 2015, İletişim Publishing
-Angel Recordings, Abdullah Harmancı, 2016, İz Publishing