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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—II

Dharma and Islam—II

‘Let There Be No Compulsion in Religion’*

(p.64) 15 Dharma and Islam—II
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

Oxford University Press

Badrinath notes in this essay the difference between the dharmic method and Islam. In Islam, the meditations on human life have God as their absolute centre; it is to His revelation contained in the Koran that the light of life belongs. It is in that light that the human condition is to be seen. The light of reason is neither discounted in the Koran, nor in the history of Islam. But the light of human reason was seen in Islam as inadequate when it came to the question of foundations of human relationships. There, in the very nature of man’s existence, the ultimate appeal could only be to the grace and mercy of God. And all human questions were to be decided on that basis. That has been the view of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. But in dharma, God is not brought into the picture in any central way: dharma explains the human condition in human terms, which means that the responsibility of what we are and become is ours alone. Badrinath claims that it is futile for us to try to shift it to God.

Keywords:   dharma, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, God, Koran

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