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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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Manifestations of Wasaṭiyyah

Manifestations of Wasaṭiyyah

(p.49) VI Manifestations of Wasaṭiyyah
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

This chapter advances a perspective on how Islam has manifested wasaṭiyyah in the exposition and implementation of its precepts and principles. Thus, it is noted that wasaṭiyyah has helped keep Islam focused on its center, although not entirely neglecting the peripheries. Reconciling and balancing the interests of continuity and change, and those of the individual and society, of past realities and future prospects, of this world and the hereafter through rational methods, consultative engagement, practical wisdom, and ijtihad (independent reasoning) has all in all manifested the reality of wasaṭiyyah in Islam. Suitable illustrations to support some of these statements are also provided.

Keywords:   history, sectarianism, gradualism, reasoning, coercion, democracy, ijtihad

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