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The religious thought of conservative Judaism: an analysis

Abdul Rahim, Adibah and Kamaruddin, Zuraidah (2020) The religious thought of conservative Judaism: an analysis. AFKAR Journal of Aqidah and Islamic Thought, 2 (1). pp. 103-122. ISSN 1511-8819 E-ISSN 2550-1755

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Conservative Judaism is the mediating group between Orthodox and Reform Judaism. It claimed to uphold basic traditions, at the same time adjusting to modern life in its effort for reconstruction of religious thought. It also contended that it is necessary to redefine and reinterpret the main concepts of faith in accordance to modern science and knowledge. This paper attempts at highlighting the position of Conservative Judaism on selected issues for reconstruction of religious thought, namely, the interpretation of law, the application of law, and the position of women. The paper concluded that although Conservative Judaism appeared as a mediating group between traditionalists and secularists, it disregarded their scriptures and relied more on human interpretations. They regarded modern knowledge and rational explanations as primary references rather than the scriptures.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2231/81817
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conservative Judaism; reconstruction of religious thought; interpretation of law; Torah, Shari’ah.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
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 Adibah Abdul Rahim
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 10:26
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 14:04
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/81817

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