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The Middle Path of Moderation in IslamThe Qur'anic Principle of Wasatiyyah$
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.001.0001

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Moderation and Religiosity

Moderation and Religiosity

(p.96) X Moderation and Religiosity
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a note on the rise of religion and religiosity in recent decades, and then reviews a number of Islamic principles that seek to integrate moderation in its theology and legal rules. Islam’s identification of itself as an upright (hanif) religion of the Abrahamic family that upholds forbearance (samahah) and dignified resistance to temptation and sensationalism (hilm) help to introduce elements of moderation and tolerance in the religion. This is further substantiated by the grant of numerous concessions in order to make the practice of religion easier. The chapter also reviews the struggle for moderation and combat of extremism in Shi’i thought. The Shi’i ulama have denounced the ghulat (extremists), moderated many of the exaggerated claims for Shi’ite imams, and confronted political oppression through the issuance of fatwas.

Keywords:   hardship, concessions, Shi’ah, Imamate, ulama, fatwa, Malaysia, Iran

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