Reflections on Islam and pacifism

Brown, Malcolm (2006) Reflections on Islam and pacifism. Australasian Journal of Human Security, 2 (1). pp. 5-18. ISSN 1176-8614

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This paper contends that the discourses that assume or assert that Islam and pacifism are incompatible are mistaken. They are premised on a homogenising discourse of Islam and of pacifism, inattention to Islam as an extant (rather than abstract) phenomenon, logical inconsistencies, and a limited Qur’anic hermeneutic. In contrast, I argue that Islam and pacifism are compatible, because pacifism has different meanings, because of de facto pacifism in Islam, because the logic of Islam, in certain cases, points towards pacifism, because pacifism can be discerned in the Qur’an and Hadith, because there is a concept of the secular within Islam that allows for pacifism, and because it is the image of Muslim violence that is primarily responsible for the belief that Islam and pacifism are incompatible.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: “Contributors are expected to assign copyright to the publisher, although they remain free to use material in subsequent publications written or edited by themselves provided AJHS is acknowledged as the original place of publication.”
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 26 May 2009 11:31
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islam, violence, pacifism
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220403 Islamic Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200211 Postcolonial Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society

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