The Qur’an and Pluralism: A Skeptical View

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The idea that religions should be pluralist is often supported by commentators. It opposes the more rigid suggestion that a particular religion is the only valid route to the truth and salvation. A problem with the latter idea of course is that it makes dialogue meaningless, since the only point to talking to those in other faiths would be to try to convince them of the truth of your own religion. It is not difficult to find indications in many religions that a variety of views on basic issues are acceptable and indeed should be welcomed as progressive. It is argued here, though, that such an approach really does not do justice to the Qur’an. Like many religions, Islam requires obedience to divine authority and is often critical of alternative ways of thinking and behaving. We may regret that this is the case, but religions are often illiberal institutions and should be accurately described as such.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePhilosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations
ISSN (Print)2352-8370
ISSN (Electronic)2352-8389

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  • Muslim modernists
  • Qur’anic interpretation
  • Skepticism
  • Waṣaṭiyya
  • ahl al-kitāb
  • dīn
  • fasād
  • fiṭra
  • maqāṣid al-sharī‘a
  • shirk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Law
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Public Administration


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