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The concept of unity in the multi-ethnic diversity: a presentation of the prophetic model

Gilani, Sayyid Muhammad Yunus and Islam, Tazul (2010) The concept of unity in the multi-ethnic diversity: a presentation of the prophetic model. In: Seminar Warisan Nabawi 2010 (SWAN 2010), 28-29 July, 2010, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.

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Islam affirms that the universe is a unity emanating from a single Will of the Sustaining Lord; and man himself is a part of this universe, dependent upon and related to all other parts; individuals are as atoms, dependent upon and related to the world, therefore, they must have the same dependence upon and relation to one another. So, the Islamic belief is that the humanity is an essential unity; its scattered elements must be brought together, its diversity must give place to unity. This worldview of unity in diversity or cosmopolitanism is widely seen in the Quran and the Prophetic practices of multi-cultural unification which overwhelmingly focus on freedom of religion, inter-religious symbiosis and reciprocal obligations, religious tolerance, just and equal treatment to the non-Muslim subjects and social security towards them, conflict resolution, developing mutual understanding through dialogue and mutual cooperation in common interest. This paper aims to introduce the Islamic concepts of cosmopolitanism in a theoretical and practical framework by conducting a throughout analytic textual reading of the concerned Quranic verses and a historical survey of the Prophet‟s (pbuh) makings of unity in diversity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 5372/4131
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multi-ethnic, diversity, prophetic
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173 Islamic sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1 Sociology (General and theoretical)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Sayyid Muhammad Yunus Gilani
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2011 23:07
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2011 13:51
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/4131

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