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Nur al-Din al-Raniri’s selected commentaries on other religions in the 17th century Malay world

Abdul Jalil, Mohd. Noh and Alias, Majdan (2020) Nur al-Din al-Raniri’s selected commentaries on other religions in the 17th century Malay world. Journal of Al-Tamaddun, Vol 15 No 1 (2020) (1). pp. 147-155. ISSN 1823-7517 E-ISSN 2289-2672

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Abstract

This article analyzes selected commentaries of Nur al-Din al-Raniri (d. 1658) to the discourse on religions other than Islam in the Malay world. Such discourse was not common during the early period of Islam in the region. Malay Muslim scholars at that time were focusing more on other discipline of knowledge in Islam. Despite the scarcity of such discourses, it was not totally abandoned. This article employs textual analysis. It analyzes three works by al-Raniri on religious discourses focusing on religions other than Islam namely Tibyan fi Ma’rifat al-Adyan, Asrar al-Insan fi Ma’rifat al-Ruh wa al-Rahman and Bustan al-Salatin. Textual analysis on these texts are made to understand the priority he had at that time in making such discourses. Apart from textual analysis, this article also highlights al-Raniri’s strong connection with the Malay world despite not a Malay himself. Efforts made by al-Raniri in writing on religions other than Islam in his works proved that such discourse did exist during the early period of Islam in the Malay world. In fact, it was a continuation of similar discourse by other Muslim scholars world wide at that time.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4150/80821
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nur al-Din al-Raniri ; Malay world ; Malay Muslim
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP171 Relation of Islam to other religions
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania > PL5101 Malay
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion
Depositing User: Dr. Mohd Noh Abdul Jalil
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 15:24
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2020 15:24
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/80821

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