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Tolerance and Law: From Islamic Culture to Islamist Ideology

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Abstract:

Tolerance implies both renunciation and negotiation, concepts that assume truth as relative. The rationality of religious faith does not acknowledge the existence of a shared truth, but history reminds us that religions could be directed through their social representatives to engage in social realities. This had been the case with Islam, despite the existence of strong structuring of knowledge and the Ulemas who play a vital role in its control and reproduction.

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9337.00042

Affiliations: IREMAM—Institute for Research and Study on the Arab and Muslim World, Aix-en-Provence, F13617, Cedex 1, France

Publication date: March 1, 1997

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