Embracing Relationality and Theological Tensions

Jerusha Lamptey

in Between Heaven and Hell

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199945399
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980796 | DOI:
Embracing Relationality and Theological Tensions

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In chapter 10, Jerusha Lamptey problematizes the widely held assumption that there exist “impermeable boundaries” between the various groups described in Islamic scripture. According to Lamptey, the Qur’an is dynamic, and much of its dynamism comes from its intentionally provocative complexity. With this in mind, and building on the work of feminist scholars of religion (hence the use of the feminine term Muslima in the title of her chapter), Lamptey attempts to move beyond the usual gridlock one encounters in soteriological discourse by viewing difference between (and within) groups in a positive light and recognizing the potential for fostering relationships of mutual benefit. As such, Lamptey reads Qur’anic denunciations of particular groups as condemnations of individuals characterized by certain beliefs, actions, and relationships. Damnation, then, is not merely predicated on religious and denominational labels. What is more, only God knows who is or is not truly righteous.

Keywords: Islam; Muslim; Qur’an; Salvation; Muslim women (or: women); damnation; diversity (or: religious diversity); Islamic theology; pluralism; exclusivism

Chapter.  7705 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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