Acts of Salvation

Marcia Hermansen

in Between Heaven and Hell

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199945399
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980796 | DOI:
Acts of Salvation

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In chapter 12, Marcia Hermansen undertakes a Muslim theological reflection on a range of topics related to salvation that arise from an attempt to problematize the traditional prohibition of Muslims praying for deceased non-Muslims—a prohibition that can be especially disconcerting to those for whom non-Muslim individuals are near and dear. Invoking the prominent theme of divine mercy in the Islamic tradition, Hermansen concludes that there exist “enough tensions, ambiguities, and contextually specific elements within the evidence to make the performance of some forms of supplicative prayer a plausible option.”

Keywords: Islam; Muslim; Qur’an; Salvation; prayer; funeral; death; pluralism; exclusivism; diversity (or: religious diversity)

Chapter.  6263 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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