Intra-Muslim Dialogue: The Litmus Test for Islam as a Credible Partner

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Christoph Marcinkowski


Closely connected to a discussion of the practical goals and objectives of Islamic law or maqasid al-shari'ah – the subject of this journal’s Special Issue – and to the question of Islam’s civilisational renewal (tajdid hadari) is the critical topic of openness for dialogue with those who hold views that are different from our own. Recent years have witnessed several initiatives by both Muslims and non-Muslims toward getting to know and respect each other better – especially (but by no means only) in the aftermath of Pope Benedict XVI’s controversial ‘Regensburg lecture’ of 12 September 2006.

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