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Language and Politics of the Ummah in the Qurʾan
Author: Hamza Zafer
In Ecumenical Community, Hamza M. Zafer explores the language and politics of community-formation in the Qurʾan. Zafer proposes that ecumenism, or the inclusivity of social difference, was a key alliance-building strategy in the western Arabian proto-Muslim communitarian movement (1st/7th century). The Proto-Muslims imagined that their pietistic community—the ummah—transcended but did not efface prior social differences based in class, clan, and custom. In highlighting the inclusive orientation of the Qurʾan's ummah-building program, Zafer provides new insights into the development of early Islam and the period preceding the Arab conquests.
In Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception, the editors present a collection of essays that reveal both the many similarities and the poignant differences between ancient myths in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and modern secular culture and how these stories were incorporated and adapted over time. This rich multidisciplinary research demonstrates not only how stories in different religions and cultures are interesting in their own right, but also that the process of transformation in particular deserves scholarly interest. It is through the changes in the stories that the particular identity of each religion comes to the fore most strikingly.
In: Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception
In: Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception
In: Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception
In: Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception
In: Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception
In: Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception
In: Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception
In: Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception