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The Food of the Damned

David M. Freidenreich

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/9780199945399.003.0011
The Food of the Damned

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In chapter 11, David M. Freidenreich argues that medieval Muslim legal and theological discussions concerning non-Muslims—even in those cases where scholars promote an inclusivist vision—typically demonstrate a lack of interest in the non-Muslim people who serve as the objects of their discourse. Whether one examines legal discussions concerning the permissibility of food offered by non-Muslims or soteriological discussions concerning their fate, one generally finds that, to quote Freidenreich, non-Muslims “function primarily as screens upon which those who speak on behalf of Islam project abstract ideas about the nature of Islam[.]” Freidenreich suggests that this remains the case in contemporary soteriological discourse, despite the fact that Muslim theologians today often demonstrate relatively more interest in non-Muslims as people.

Keywords: Islam; Muslim; Salvation; Sharia; Islamic theology; pluralism; inclusivism; exclusivism; dietary laws (or: food); afterlife

Chapter.  7310 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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