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Other in the Light of the One: The Universality of the Qur'an and Interfaith Dialogue

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Based on a profound study of Sufi spiritual teachers that includes Ibn al-Arabi, Rumi, and Ghazali, this book attempts to answer questions about the place of the Qur'an in the world today, such as Does the Qur'an promote peace and harmony or discord and conflict? Does it contribute to pluralism or exclusivism? and Is its message spiritual or fanatical? As an invitation to study the universality that is undoubtedly present in the Qur'an, the book's aim is to relate some of the most profound interpretations of the ...

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Overview

Based on a profound study of Sufi spiritual teachers that includes Ibn al-Arabi, Rumi, and Ghazali, this book attempts to answer questions about the place of the Qur'an in the world today, such as Does the Qur'an promote peace and harmony or discord and conflict? Does it contribute to pluralism or exclusivism? and Is its message spiritual or fanatical? As an invitation to study the universality that is undoubtedly present in the Qur'an, the book's aim is to relate some of the most profound interpretations of the Qur'an to philosophical and spiritual questions concerning interfaith dialogue. Rather than merely reproducing the ideas of the Sufis, it builds upon principles, takes advantage of insights, and applies them creatively to contemporary conditions, illustrating how a universalist perspective based on Sufi hermeneutics provides a third path between liberal pluralism and conservative exclusivism.

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"A very honest and profound Sufi approach to the Qur'an and the problem of unity and variety in particular . . . the result of a very careful consideration of major issues, including important political issues of our time."  —Hermann Landolt, professor, Institute of Islamic Studies–London

"In his cogent and rigorously developed argument, Shah-Kazemi sets out to articulate and substantiate a few fundamental theses that may pave the ground for a genuinely renewed religious dialogue in the wake of the post–September 11 events."  —Patrick Laude, professor, Georgetown University

"Dr. Shah-Kazemi's approach and insights are extremely valuable."  —James S. Cutsinger, professor, University of South Carolina

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903682463
  • Publisher: Islamic Texts Society
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Reza Shah-Kazemi is a research associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies–London. His areas of research include comparative religion, Islamic studies, and Sufism.

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