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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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Definition and Scope of Wasaṭiyyah

Definition and Scope of Wasaṭiyyah

(p.9) II Definition and Scope of Wasaṭiyyah
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

Wasaṭiyyah is often given different meanings, contextualized and equated with concepts such as “appeasement,” “mediocrity,” “compromise,” and “weakness.” It is necessary, therefore, to provide clarification and an accurate review of the meaning and definition of wasaṭiyyah, as well as some of its allied expressions, which is what this chapter has attempted to do. The chapter proceeds to review the Arabic usages of the wasaṭiyyah in the Qur’an, hadith, and linguistic usage of the Arabs while drawing attention also to the renewed importance moderation acquired in the aftermath of the September 2001 attacks, their devastation effects on Islam-West relations, and a fresh cycle of radicalization, extremism, and violence the world has experienced ever since.

Keywords:   wasaṭiyyah, definition, United States, Muslims, militancy, extremism

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