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Title: The Qur'anic conception of normative religious pluralism : hermeneutical study
Author: Abdulah, Arif Kemil
ISNI:       0000 0004 2745 757X
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2012
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By employing both the thematic approach of Qur’ānic exegesis and the textual analysis of the selected verses, the study explores the Qur’ānic conception of religious pluralism. In particular, the focus of the thesis is on the normative religious pluralism, which appears to have been reduced to mere exclusivism in a great number of sources of Qur’ānic exegesis. This thesis’s line of argumentation against religious exclusivism, therefore, starts with clarification that there are different types of religious pluralism. Thus, in the case of the Qur’ān, the confusion between soteriological, alethic, and normative religious pluralism has led to the emergence of the exclusive approach. By drawing clear distinction between the Qur’ānic theological view on other beliefs and the Qur’ānic ethical view on the followers of other beliefs, the study further constructs five main arguments against religious exclusivism. The arguments are elaborated on the basis of the Qur’ānic ethical system, the universal objectives of human relationships, and the Qur’ānic recognition of the two fundamental as well as dialectical elements of the normative religious pluralism, namely commonality and diversity as fact of nature. The thesis concludes on the need for considering that the Qur’ān distinguishes between the eschatological and the terrestrial dimensions as well as ramifications of the normative religious pluralism, where the latter, which is of the essence for the peacebuilding process in this world, is endorsed by the Qur’ān.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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