Communities of the Qur'an: Dialogue, Debate and Diversity in the 21st Century
By: Ed: Badawi, Emran and Sanders, Paula
What is the nature of the Qur’an? It might seem a straightforward question, but there is no consensus among modern communities of the Qur’an, both Muslim and non-Muslim, about the answer. And why should there be?
On numerous occasions throughout history, believers from different schools and denominations, and at different times and places, have agreed to disagree. The Qur’anic interpreters, jurists and theologians of medieval Baghdad, Cairo and Cordoba coexisted peacefully in spite of their diverging beliefs. Seeking to revive this ‘ethics of disagreement’ of Classical Islam, this volume explores the different relationships societies around the world have with the Qur’an and how our understanding of the text can be shaped by studying the interpretations of others. From LGBT groups to urban African American communities, this book aims to represent the true diversity of communities of the Qur’an in the twenty-first century, and the dialogue and debate that can flow among them.
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Ed: Badawi, Emran and Sanders, Paula
One World Academic, c2019, 2022 Reprint
15.5 x 23.5 cm
Islam - Dialogue, Diversity, Differences
About the Editors: Emran El-Badawi is Associate Professor and Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at the University of Houston.
Paula Sanders is Professor of History and Director of the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University in Houston, Texas.