Islam and Global Dialogue: Religious Pluralism and the Pursuit of Peace

Islam and Global Dialogue: Religious Pluralism and the Pursuit of Peace

By: Roger Boase (editor), HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal (foreword_author)Hardback

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At a time when the world is becoming increasingly interdependent, multi-cultural and multi-religious, the concept of religious pluralism is under assault as a result of hatred, prejudice and misunderstanding from both religious exclusivists and dogmatic secularists. In this important and timely book, twenty internationally acclaimed scholars and leading religious thinkers respond to contemporary challenges in different ways. Some discuss the idea of a dialogue of civilisations; others explore the interfaith principles and ethical resources of their own spiritual traditions. All of them reject the notion that any single religion can claim a monopoly of wisdom; all are committed to the ideal of a just and peaceful society in which people of different religions and cultures can happily coexist. More space is here given to Islam than to Judaism and Christianity because, as a result of negative stereotypes, it is the most misunderstood of the major world religions. HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan contributes the Foreword.

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Roger Boase is an Honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary College, University of London, and was a Professor at the University of Fez. He has been involved in interfaith discussions for many years. His publications include The Origin and Meaning of Courtly Love (1977), The Troubadour Revival (1978), 'The Muslim Expulsion from Spain', History Today (April 2002), and, with Aisha Ahmad, Pashtun Tales from the Pakistan-Afghan Frontier (2003).


Contents: Foreword, HRH Prince Hassan bin Talal; Preface; Introduction. Part 1 Defining the Issue: Religious pluralism and the heritage of the enlightenment, John Bowden; Is our God listening? Exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism, Diana L. Eck; A Muslim's non-reductive religious pluralism, Muhammad Legenhausen. Part 2 Islam and the West: Clash or Dialogue?: Islam and the West: clash of civilisations?, Francis Robinson; Of Saints and Sufis in the Near East: past and present?, William Dalrymple; Islam and the West: clash or dialogue of civilisations?, Akbar S. Ahmed; The 'clash of civilisations'?: sense and nonsense, Fred Halliday; The dignity of difference: avoiding the clash of civilisations, Jonathan Sacks; Conservative ecumenism: politically incorrect meditations on Islam and the West, Antony T. Sullivan; From clashing civilisations to a common vision, Robert Dickson Crane; The orphans of modernity and the clash of civilisations, Khaled Abou El Fadl. Part 3 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Responses to Religious Diversity: September 11: the case against us all, Tony Bayfield; Towards a Jewish theology of trilateral dialogue, Norman Solomon; Christians and people of other faiths, Marcus Braybrooke; Mystery and plural faiths: religious diversity as expression of the quest for a Deus Absconditus, Frank Julian Gelli; Religious pluralism and Islam in a polarised world, Murad Wilfried Hofmann; Ecumenical Islam: a Muslim response to religious pluralism, Roger Boase; The challenge of pluralism and the middle way of Islam, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas; The Qur'an and religious pluralism, Mahmoud M. Ayoub. Postscript: The failure of war, Wendell Berry. Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/10/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780754653073
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780754653073
  • weight: 639
  • ISBN10: 0754653072

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