Postmodernism's Cultural Impact on Muslim Societies

مابعد جدید یت کے مسلم معاشرے پر تمدنی اثرات

Authors

  • Azhar Hussain, Prof. Dr. Tahira Basharat

Abstract

In modernism, the perspective was that this world is deterministic, discoverable through reason, experience, and observation, and that all its truths can be accessed on a scientific basis. Therefore, for the discovery of facts, there was no need for any other source, nor was there any existence of such a source; only those facts were considered credible that met the standards of reason, experience, and observation. Descartes presented the theory of "I think therefore I am," which is considered the foundation of modern Western thought. This implied that the conscious act of the ego is the only path to truth, rendering religion and God unnecessary, culminating in the idea of "The Death of God."After 1970, a new theory called "postmodernism" emerged, which eventually became a movement. It not only rejected all the theories of modernism but also denied God, religion, and all the elements that form their basis, such as history, writing, speech, collective theories, and universal truth. In this way, postmodernism gave rise to a situation that created a virtual world in the form of computers, TV, LCDs, advertisement screens, mobiles, and countless apps, and also led to the development of artificial intelligence in the form of robots, automatic factories, large data centers, and Chat GBT. While postmodernism provided numerous conveniences and facilities for humanity, it also influenced the cultural conditions of every society. Western societies, already inclined towards materialism under the influence of modernism, were further strengthened by this. Conversely, the Pakistani Muslim society experienced negative cultural impacts at an extraordinary rate. These effects are evident in factors such as a religiously empty educational system in our institutions, the determination of priorities and motivations at home through TV, cable, internet, and mobiles, the growing religious indifference among the youth, and declining moral standards. It is essential to highlight the issues arising from postmodern theories and conditions and to take practical steps for their resolution.

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Published

2024-05-21

How to Cite

Azhar Hussain, Prof. Dr. Tahira Basharat. (2024). Postmodernism’s Cultural Impact on Muslim Societies: مابعد جدید یت کے مسلم معاشرے پر تمدنی اثرات. Iḥyāʾ Alʿ ulūm - Journal of Department of Quran O Sunnah, 24(1). Retrieved from https://joqs-uok.com/index.php/ihya/article/view/193