The Philosophy of Dialogic Engagement: Two Muslim Dialogue Thinkers vis-à-vis Mimetic Theory
The chapter explores commonalities between Mimetic Theory and two contemporary Muslim philosophers of dialogue, Fethullah Gülen and Seyyed Hossein Nasr. The comparison draws on Sufi concepts of negative and positive actions and parallels within Girardian theory. In the case of each of the three thinkers aligned here, the challenge of promoting a dialogical interchange while avoiding relativistic of core religious conviction (Christian and Muslim) is acknowledged. In this regard, those passages in the Qur’an which proclaim that human diversity and plurality are a part of God’s plan are highlighted. The author affirms the claim that Islam is indeed part of the ‘Abrahamic revolution’ and that Girard’s theoretical framework can be adapted to non-Christian faith traditions.
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