Ameer Ali Syed (1849-1928) was one of the most prominent "liberal" thinkers of modern Muslims. He says, "Throughout this work my object has been to discuss the Islamic teachings in a historical spirit and to develop among the latter day Islamists, a perception of the difference between ethics and ceremonialism."
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The Spirit of Islam
is one of the most notable literary contributions of Ameer Ali Syed (1849-1928), one of the most prominent 'liberal' thinkers of modern Muslims. He was the first to clearly visualize that Muslims should organize themselves politically if they were to
have an honored place in public life.
"Probably the best achievement in the way of an apology for Mohammad
that is ever likely to be to be composed in a European language" - D.S. Margoliouth in Mohammed and the Rise of Islam
(available from Gorgias Press