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Islam, Christianity and TraditionA Comparative Exploration$
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Ian Richard Netton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623914

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623914.001.0001

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Preparation for a Threefold Sieve

Preparation for a Threefold Sieve

(p.1) Chapter 1 Preparation for a Threefold Sieve
Islam, Christianity and Tradition

Ian Richard Netton

Edinburgh University Press

This book explores the concepts of tradition and authority in Islam and Christianity. It addresses several questions: How will tradition and authority be articulated in a future age? Will the Islam of the future be a faith which is in perpetual crisis as it confronts, and perhaps attempts to absorb, varying modes and articulations of ‘modernity’? Will the Islam of the new millennium be an Islam which feels that its major task is to confront the spectre, in every way possible, of what it perceives to be an advancing secularism? Can the new century look forward to a dialogic Islam centred on a radical Christian-Islamic, or other, interfaith dialogue which goes below surface hospitality and encounter, exploring and comparing divergent theologies in an atmosphere of mutual trust and absence of recrimination over past wrongs and hostilities? It seems that the changing connotations of authority and authenticity in digital Islam are contributing to the critical re-imagination of the boundaries of Muslim politics.

Keywords:   Islam, tradition, authority, Christianity, modernity, secularism, interfaith dialogue, politics

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