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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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Dharma and Islam—I

Dharma and Islam—I

‘Justice with Truth, Truth with Goodness’*

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(p.59) 14 Dharma and Islam—I
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Chaturvedi Badrinath
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Tulsi Badrinath

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.003.0014

The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word ‘dharma’ is foundation, which, as foundation, holds all persons together, on which all relationships are based, both personal and social. Dharma is a state of being in a certain relation to one’s self as well as to the other. Dharma shows in one’s conduct, as does its negation, adharma. In placing the greatest emphasis on conduct, the Koran likewise sees reality as fundamentally relational. The Mahabharata demonstrates the five ways to dharma: not-violence, an attitude of equality, peace, and tranquillity, not-aggressiveness and not-cruelty, and freedom from envy. In plainly speaking of those very attributes, and the ways, as the foundations of Islamic faith, Badrinath says that the Koran speaks of them as the foundations of human order as such.

Keywords:   dharma, Islam, Koran, adharma

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