“Thinking Differently about Difference: Muslima Theology and Religious Pluralism,” by Jerusha Tanner Lamptey

How does the Qurʾānic discourse depict the phenomenon of religious diversity, specific other religions and, more generally, the religious ‘other’? While seemingly simple, this question, in fact, is rife with significant theological and practical implications. Theologically, it is intimately connected to the understanding of God and God’s action in the world. It is also intertwined with the understanding of humankind and the purpose of human creation. In fact, this rich question in many ways defines the theological relationship between God and humankind; the Qur’ān’s depiction of religious otherness and the religious ‘other’ is also—and always—a depiction of God and the religious ‘self.’

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