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Mimetic Theory and Islam

"The Wound Where Light Enters"

  • Michael Kirwan
  • Ahmad Achtar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Argument

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Kirwan, Ahmad Achtar
      Pages 3-27
  3. Texts

  4. Traditions

  5. Christianity and Islam in Resentful Modernity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Yaniss Warrach
      Pages 141-148
    3. Wilhelm Guggenberger
      Pages 149-161
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 175-178

About this book


This volume explores the 'Mimetic Theory' of the cultural theorist René Girard and its applicability to Islamic thought and tradition. Authors critically examine Girard's assertion about the connection between group formation, religion, and 'scapegoating' violence. These insights, Girard maintained, have their source in biblical revelation. Are there parallels in other faith traditions, especially Islam? To this end, Muslim scholars and scholars of Mimetic Theory have examined the hypothesis of an 'Abrahamic Revolution.' This is the claim that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each share in a spiritual and ethical historical 'breakthrough:' a move away from scapegoating violence, and towards a sense of justice for the innocent victim.


mimetic theory Abrahamic Girard Qur’anic Mimesis

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Kirwan
    • 1
  • Ahmad Achtar
    • 2
  1. 1.Loyola InstituteTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of Advanced StudyUniversity of LondonLondonUK

About the editors

Michael Kirwan is a Jesuit priest who taught theology at Heythrop College (University of London), and is now an associate professor at the Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of Discovering Girard (2004), and Girard and Theology (2009).

Ahmad Achtar taught Islamic Studies at Heythrop College, and is currently a research associate at the School of Advancd Study (University of London).

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