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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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Identification of Wasaṭiyyah

Identification of Wasaṭiyyah

(p.59) VII Identification of Wasaṭiyyah
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

This chapter ascertains the indicators of wasaṭiyyah, beginning with the qualifier that no definitive methodology exists by which to identify moderate positions. That said, wasaṭiyyah is often manifested by one’s openness to consultative engagement, dialogue, attempt to develop consensus, avoidance of rash decisions, and observance of people’s benefits and preferences. In our times, the rule of law and constitutionalism also tend to serve as instruments of moderation in public affairs. The chapter makes clear, however, the point that ultimately, no judgment in the name of moderation should contravene the essentials of Islam and rationality, citing a few examples to this effect.

Keywords:   dialogue, rationality, Shari’ah, disagreement, consensus, custom

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