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Never Wholly OtherA Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism$
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Jerusha Tanner Lamptey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362783.001.0001

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Sameness and Difference in Contemporary Islamic Approaches to Religious Diversity

Sameness and Difference in Contemporary Islamic Approaches to Religious Diversity

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(p.49) 2 Sameness and Difference in Contemporary Islamic Approaches to Religious Diversity
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Never Wholly Other
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Jerusha Tanner Lamptey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362783.003.0002

This chapter critically explores contemporary Islamic discussions of religious difference that feature prominently in scholarly discourse in the United States, including the contributions of Engineer, Sachedina, Aydin, Nasr, Shah-Kazemi, Legenhausen, Winter, Esack, and al-Fārūqī. In reference to these contributions, it highlights two dominant trends (the prioritization of religious sameness and the attempt to simultaneously affirm both religious sameness and religious difference) and a shared, underlying conception of religious difference as that which discretely and statically divides religious groups. This chapter details the implications and shortcomings of this shared conception of religious difference for understanding the proximate religious Other, the Other-who-can-never-be-wholly-other.

Keywords:   Contemporary Islamic discussions, Engineer, Sachedina, Aydin, Nasr, Shah-Kazemi, Legenhausen, Religious sameness, Religious difference, Proximate religious Other

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