This thesis presents a critical analysis of the contemporary Islamic discourse of interfaith dialogue (IFD) founded on normative examinations of the Qur’an and hadith. Expanding from this baseline, theories of religious universalism and particularism are engaged as well as underlying themes of humanism, social stability, and acceptance of God’s will. These are further placed along a Dove-Hawk framework to demonstrate the patterns underlying interpretations regarding the legitimacy of IFD in situations of conflict. It examines the writings and speeches of nine recent and contemporary Muslim intellectual-activists scholars. This analysis reveals a fragmented discourse, which is generally supportive of IFD, and indicates limits to the religious legitimization of IFD during Christian-Muslim hostilities.
|Advisor:||Lucas, Scott C.|
|Commitee:||Boum, Aomar, Ghosn, Faten|
|School:||The University of Arizona|
|Department:||Near Eastern Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies|
|Keywords:||Conflict, Hawk Dove, Interfaith dialogue, Islam, Peacebuilding, Religious pluralism|
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