Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge

Vincent J. Cornell

in The Oxford History of Islam

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780195107999
Published online November 2007 |
 						 Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge

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This chapter discusses faith in Islam. It argues that faith, like speech, is both social and individual. Acts of faith always involve a dialogue either between the worshiper and the object of her worship, or between the actor and his fellows in a religious community. This is why a faith that is not expressed in the context of structured social relationships is no faith at all.

Keywords: faith; practice; Islam; Quran; certainty; Sunna; ethics

Chapter.  16573 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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