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The Ambiguity of the Qur’anic Command

William C. Chittick

in Between Heaven and Hell

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199945399
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980796 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945399.003.0003
The Ambiguity of the Qur’anic Command

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In chapter 3, William C. Chittick invites the reader to move beyond the historical approaches to this question and to reflect on the God of the Qur’an, who, out of His mercy and wisdom, desires that there be multiple religions. If diversity within Islam—the differences of opinion among scholars—is widely considered a mercy from God, then should we not also see diversity among the different religions as a mercy? If we are to have a good opinion of God, Chittick asserts, we should assume that divine mercy and guidance transcend religious boundaries.

Keywords: Islam; Muslim; Salvation; diversity (or: religious diversity); God; Sufism; mysticism; pluralism; heaven; hell

Chapter.  9843 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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