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Debating Absolutism and Pluralism in Contemporary Islam: the role of education
Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education
Professor of Islamic Studies, Chairperson of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University
Fri 31 Oct, 2014
Prof Asma Afsaruddin explored how the collective memory of Muslims can retrieve the past support for a pluralistic social vision. Classifying contemporary Muslim thoughts as absolutists: those who deny pluralism and modernists: those who advocate pluralism, Prof Afsaruddin clarified that these terms are being used as ‘ideal types’ and that in reality there is a spectrum of positions. She argued that the modernists can and are using education as a tool to push back on absolutist view and that if through education people are reconnected to their own traditions then they will not succumb to absolutist views. The lecture reflected on the differences in how the absolutist and modernists remember the past in terms of the nature of religious law, political authority and Jihad.
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