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Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue$
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Jane I. Smith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307313.001.0001

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 The Pluralist Imperative

 The Pluralist Imperative

Muslim Perspectives

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(p.121) 7 The Pluralist Imperative
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Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue
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Jane Idleman Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307313.003.0007

This chapter considers three ways in which the question of Islam and pluralism has been addressed by contemporary American Muslims. The first is how the term pluralism is applied by some Muslims to past and present political realities. The second relates to ethical concerns raised by some as to whether Islam is as internally pluralistic as it is called to be. The third deals with the relationship of Islam to other religious traditions and whether Islam is theologically open, especially to Christianity. It is important for anyone interested in moving from introductory to deeper levels of discourse between Muslims and Christians to have an understanding of each of these modes of interpretation.

Keywords:   monotheism, revelation, kufr, democracy, globalization, ijtihad, supercession, liberation, tolerance, compulsion

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