In Defense of All Houses of Worship?

Asma Afsaruddin

in Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755042
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950508 | DOI:
In Defense of All Houses of Worship?

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This chapter is a comparative study of early and late exegeses of Qur’an 22:39-40 and of the specific historical circumstances in which they were generated. The focus is on what this changing hermeneutic trajectory might have to tell us about the complex relationships of Muslims with the People of the Book through time in Islamic realms. It will also explore how the rise of the imperial Umayyad and Abbasid states and realpolitik in the context of relations with non-Muslim (particularly Byzantine) realms may have accounted for many of these transformations.

Keywords: People of the Book; Qur'an; hermeneutics; Umayyad state; Abbasid state; realpolitik

Chapter.  11328 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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