Islam and the Fate of Others: The Salvation Question

Hardcover | April 18, 2012

byMohammad Hassan Khalil

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Can non-Muslims be saved? And can those who are damned to hell ever be redeemed? Mohammad Hassan Khalil examines the writings of influential medieval and modern Muslim scholars on the controversial question of non-Muslim salvation. Islam and the Fate of Others is an illuminating study of four of the most prominent figures in the history of Islam: al-Ghazali, Ibn 'Arabi, Ibn Taymiyya, and Rashid Rida, as well as a wide variety of other writers, including Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, Mulla Sadra, Shah Wali Allah of Delhi, Muhammad'Ali of Lahore, Sayyid Qutb, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and Farid Esack. Khalil demonstrates that though these theologians tended to shun a purely pluralistic concept of salvation, most envisioned a Paradise populated with Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and many believed in a just and merciful God. Khalilreveals that these writers' interpretations of the Qur'an and hadith corpus-from optimistic depictions of Judgment Day to notions of a temporal Hell and salvation for all-challenge widespread assumptions about Islamic scripture and thought.

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Can non-Muslims be saved? And can those who are damned to hell ever be redeemed? Mohammad Hassan Khalil examines the writings of influential medieval and modern Muslim scholars on the controversial question of non-Muslim salvation. Islam and the Fate of Others is an illuminating study of four of the most prominent figures in the histor...

Mohammad Hassan Khalil is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199796661

ISBN - 13:9780199796663

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AcknowledgmentsConventionsIntroduction: Rethinking Our Assumptions1. Damnation as the Exception-The Case of Ghazali2. All Paths Lead to God-The Case of Ibn 'Arabi3. The Redemption of Humanity-The Case of Ibn Taymiyya4. The Modern Scene-Rashid Rida and BeyondGlossaryNotesBibliography