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THE COMPATIBILITY OF ISLAM WITH PLURALISM: TWO HISTORICAL PRECEDENTS

Abu-Munshar, Maher Abu-Munshar, Maher (correspondence author)

Islam and Civilisational Renewal, July 2010, Vol.1(4), pp.613-628 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    THE COMPATIBILITY OF ISLAM WITH PLURALISM: TWO HISTORICAL PRECEDENTS
  • Author: Abu-Munshar, Maher
  • Abu-Munshar, Maher (correspondence author)
  • Description: For Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace and harmony. For many non-Muslims today, it appears as a religion that promotes hatred and violence. Sadly, terrorist attacks, often carried out by Muslims, have exacerbated prejudices against Islam and Muslims in general, leading many non-Muslims to believe that Muslims are inherently militant and irrational people who neither tolerate nor accept living and cooperating with the followers of other religions and that Islam does not believe in pluralism and diversity. In this article, two important historical precedents will be elaborated and critically analysed. The first is the 'Constitution of Medina' (Sahifat al-Madinah), while the other is 'Umar b. al-Khattab's 'Assurance of Safety' to the people of Aelia -- Byzantine Jerusalem -- which he granted to them upon his conquest of the city in 637, guaranteeing their security and religious freedom. By studying these two historical precedents, the author attempts to demonstrate that Islam -- as outlined in the Qur'an and exemplified by the life of Muhammad and his Companions -- actually accepts, celebrates and even encourages diversity and pluralism. Although documents and historical events can certainly also be interpreted differently, the author's views are somewhat representative for the standard Muslim perspective on intercultural relations. Adapted from the source document.
  • Is Part Of: Islam and Civilisational Renewal, July 2010, Vol.1(4), pp.613-628
  • Identifier: ISSN: 2041-871X
  • Subjects: Muslims ; Islam ; Pluralism ; Religions ; Constitutions ; Freedom of Religion ; Prejudice ; Intergroup Relations ; Standards ; Politics and Religion; Politics and Religion ; Article
  • Language: English

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