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The Portrayal of Jews and the Possibilities for Their Salvation in the Qur’an

Farid Esack

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/9780199945399.003.0009
The Portrayal of Jews and the Possibilities for Their Salvation in the Qur’an

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In chapter 9, Farid Esack revisits some of the well-known Qur’anic condemnations of the Children of Israel. These passages are regularly employed in contemporary polemical discourse as a means of discrediting all Jews. According to Esack, there are other viable readings of these passages, readings that take account of the varied and qualified descriptions of the Children of Israel that appear throughout Islamic scripture, and that leave the door of salvation open for at least some Jews. In our increasingly interconnected world, Esack asserts that such readings of the Qur’an may be necessary for its (the Qur’an’s) “salvation,” i.e., its survival as a book of guidance.

Keywords: Islam; Muslim; Qur’an; Salvation; Jews; Children of Israel (or: Israel); diversity (or: religious diversity); philosophy of religion; pluralism; exclusivism

Chapter.  11188 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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