Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism by Jerusha Tanner LampteyNever Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism by Jerusha Tanner Lamptey

Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism

byJerusha Tanner Lamptey

Paperback | January 15, 2016

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How does the Qur'an depict the religious Other? Historically, this question has provoked extensive debate among Islamic scholars about the identity, nature, and status of such religious Others. Today, this debate assumes great importance because of the widening experience of religiousplurality, which prompts inquiry into convergences and divergences in belief and practice as well as controversy over the appropriate forms of interaction among different religions. The persistence of religious violence also gives rise to difficult questions about the relationship between thedepiction of religious Others, and intolerance and oppression.Scholars have traditionally accounted for the coexistence of religious similarity and difference by resorting either to models that depict religions as isolated entities or models that arrange religions in a static, evaluative hierarchy. In response to the limitations of this discourse, JerushaTanner Lamptey constructs an alternative conceptual and hermeneutical approach that draws insights from the work of Muslim women interpreters of the Qur'an, feminist theology, and semantic analysis. She employs this approach to reevaluate, reinterpret, and reenvision the Qur'anic discourse onreligious difference. Through a close reading of the Qur'anic text, she distinguishes between two forms of religious difference: hierarchical and lateral. She goes on to explore the complex relationality that exists among Qur'anic concepts of hierarchical religious difference and to articulate anew, integrated model of religious pluralism.Using an interdisciplinary approach to confront existing Islamic scholarship, Lamptey's Never Wholly Other offers a new genre of theology.
Jerusha Tanner Lamptey is a scholar of Islam, theology of religions and comparative theology. She is currently Assistant Professor of Islam and Ministry at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She previously taught at Georgetown University, where she also received her Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies with a focus on R...
Title:Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious PluralismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:January 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsNote on Transliteration, Translation and Gendered LanguageIntroductionPart One: Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Religious 'Otherness'1. 'Self' and 'Other' in Historical Islamic Discourse2. Sameness and Difference in Contemporary Islamic Approaches to Religious DiversitPart Two: Conceptual and Hermeneutical Foundations of Muslima Theology3. Contemporary Muslim Women Interpreters of the Qur'an: Hermeneutical Approach and Conception of Difference4. From Sexual Difference to Religious Difference: Feminist Theological Approaches to Religious Difference5. From Holistic Interpretation to Relational Hermeneutics: Toshihiko Izutsu's Semantic Analysis of the Qur'anPart Three: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism6. Lateral and Hierarchical Religious Difference in the Qur'an7. Relational Mapping of the Semantic Field of Taqwa: Concepts of Hierarchical Religious Difference8. Never Wholly 'Other': Sameness, Difference and RelationalityGlossary of Arabic TermsBibliographyIndexIndex of Qur'anic Verses

Editorial Reviews

"Jerusha Tanner Lamptey's book is a timely contribution to the discourse on pluralism and religious diversity. Focusing on the American social context, Lamptey's construction and expression of a Muslima theology of religious pluralism is an immensely worthy and notable engagement with thetheology of religions field. By providing a Muslim female approach to the study of diversity and pluralism within a theological framework, Lamptey has succeeded in producing a novel piece that makes a very significant contribution to the scholarly discussion of both Islamic feminism and religiouspluralism. This work will be of interest to many scholars in the field as well as lay people, and is a delightful read." --Farid Esack, Professor in the Study of Islam and Head of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Johannesburg