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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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Lateral and Hierarchical Religious Difference in the Qurʾān

Lateral and Hierarchical Religious Difference in the Qurʾān

(p.139) 6 Lateral and Hierarchical Religious Difference in the Qurʾān
Never Wholly Other

Jerusha Tanner Lamptey

Oxford University Press

Utilizing the conceptual and hermeneutical infrastructure developed in earlier chapters, this chapter begins to reinterpret the Qurʾānic discourse on the religious Other and to articulate a Muslima theology of religious pluralism. It distinguishes between hierarchical and lateral religious difference in the Qurʾān—between the semantic fields of taqwā (God consciousness) and umma (community)—and explores the relationship between the two distinct genres. On this basis, this chapter argues against the static and holistic alignment of the two genres of difference, which results in the automatic ascription of a particular evaluation or status to a particular religious community.

Keywords:   Muslima theology of religious pluralism, Qurʾān, Religious Other, Lateral, Hierarchical, Religious difference, Taqwā, Umma

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