Chapter

The People Are One Community

Abdulaziz Sachedina

in The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139914
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848935 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139914.003.0002
The People Are One Community

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The chapter characterizes religion as a major contributor to the seemingly endless conflicts between different persuasions and cultures. These conflicts and the attendant atrocities committed against innocent civilians, have imparted a dire urgency to the moral imperative of recognizing the human dignity of the other, regardless of his or her religious, ethnic, and cultural affiliations. Recognition of religious pluralism within a community of the faithful promises to advance the principle of inclusiveness that would counsel accommodation, not conflict, among competing claims to religious truth in religiously and culturally heterogeneous societies. As written in the Koran (K. 2:213), three facts emerge: the unity of humankind under One God: the particularity of religions brought by the prophets; and the role of revelation (the Book) in resolving the differences that touch communities of faith. All three are fundamental to the Koranic conception of religious pluralism.

Keywords: ethnic affiliations; cultural affiliations; religious pluralism; heterogeneous societies; Koran

Chapter.  18420 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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