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World Religions and Islam: A Critical Study (In 2 Volumes)

Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi (Editor)
Synopsis To define religion is one of the very difficult tasks as every interpreter attempts to give it a subjective twist to suit his individual or community aspirations. However, there has been various definitions provided by scholars to this intricate enterprise. The idea of God formed in one generation by one set of human beings could be meaningless in another. Indeed, the statement, "I believe in God" has no objective meaning, as such, but like any other statement only means something in context, when proclaimed by a particular community. Consequently there is no one unchanging idea contained in the word "God": instead, the word contains a whole spectrum of meanings, some of which are contradictory or even mutually exclusive." Had the notion of God not had this flexibility, it would not have survived to become one of the great human ideas. When one conception of God has ceased to have meaning or relevance, it has been quietly disregarded and replaced by a new theology. Yet if we look at three religions i.e., Judaism, Christianity and Islam, it becomes clear that there is no objective view of "God": each generation has to create the image of God that works for it. In this book I have attempted to present world religions in a very broader context vis-?-vis Islam. In the introduction Islamic response to world religions has been shown in a comparative perspective. There is an article on the secular challenges that have rendered religious phenomenon vulnerable to all sorts of attacks. Thus the book is a collection of valuable articles written by eminent scholars belonging to various religious denominations, and researchers and teachers of Islamic studies. The book is also mean to cater the requirements of the students of comparative religions and Islamology.
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About the author

Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi

Hamid Nassem was born in Doabgah Rafiabad, Kashmir in 1958. He completed his early education in his home state. Later, he secured M.A. in Muslim Philosophy and Theology from Aligarh Muslim University, winning Gold Medal for academic brilliance. He has received his Pre. Ph.D. and advanced diploma in Mass Media from the prestigious J.N.U., New Delhi. He was awarded Ph.D. Degree on the Philosophy of Ghazzali and it’s Impact on the Western Philosophers by the University of Kashmir in 1996. he was a research fellow at I.I.I.S., New Delhi. (now a part of Hamdard University) in 1987-89. Dr. Hamid Naseem is now a Reader at the University of Kashmir in Islamic Studies. Apart from his formal academic achievements, he has won the admiration of his peers with his brilliant debating, oratory and contributions to reputed research publications. He has also visited Islamic Republic of Iran in 1996. He has ten books to his credit.

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Title World Religions and Islam: A Critical Study (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sarup & Sons
Language: English
isbn 8176254142
length xxii+302p.+vi+266p., Notes & References; Index; 25cm.