should be 5-6 double spaced pages or 1300-1500 words and from the reading i attatched. you do not need to use all of them

the Essay should be 5-6 double spaced pages or 1300-1500 words and from the reading i attatched. you do not need to use all of them FINAL ESSAY: Description: In her article Gesink says that the rise of extremist groups (variously called Islamists, fundamentalists and in this week’s readings) is not about adhering to an outdated system, but about “radical flexibility.” We have studied all semester about Islamic tradition(s), their formation and history, before the rise of extremism, which Gesink sees as providing a buffer against extremism. At the same time Denny’s descriptions of “liberal” or “modernist” Islamic reformers posits them as thoroughly modern. Seeing as Gesink starts her article with the two fathers of Islamic modernism, Abduh and Afghani, we can also say that all of these modern reformers and their adaptations are also “radically flexible.” PROMPT: Using this week’s readings as well as what you have learned over the course of the semester compare modern developments to past traditions using Gesink’s term radical flexibility. How are modern movements, based on ‘modernist’ notions like ijtihad or Islamist notions like Qutb’s jihad and jahaliyy radically flexible? How is this radical flexibility modern i.e. how does it compare to Islamic traditions in the past? Requirements: 1500

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