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Studying the other : challenges and prospects of muslim scholarship on world religions.

Yousif, Ahmad (2011) Studying the other : challenges and prospects of muslim scholarship on world religions. In: After Appropriation : Explorations in Intercultural Philosophy and Religion. University of Calgary Press, Calgary, AB, Canada, pp. 77-94. ISBN 978-1-55238-502-9

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As in the early Islamic period, so today Muslims scholars and students face several challenges in their study of world religions. Some of these challenges are common to Muslim and Western scholarship on the subject, while others are peculiar to Muslim scholarship. They range from the challenge of defining and delimiting the field to those associated with methodology. This paper examines some of these challenges, drawing upon the classical Islamic heritage, the experience of Western comparativists, and the works of modern Muslim scholars in the field. First, however, it will deal with the question, Why do Muslim scholars need to make a serious study of other major world religions? To be sure, some Muslims are opposed to such an exercise, arguing that it will do more harm than good. It is, therefore, necessary to ask what led Muslim scholars, especially in the past, to study other religions.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: World religions, muslim scholars
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
Depositing User: Dr. Ahmad Yousif
Date Deposited: 23 May 2013 10:52
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2013 16:51
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/22631

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