Islam and reconciliation: a hermeneutical and sociological approach

Herbert, David E. J. (2006). Islam and reconciliation: a hermeneutical and sociological approach. In: Tombs, D. and Liechty, J. eds. Explorations in reconciliation: new directions in theology. Ashgate, pp. 34–56.



This article combines sociological and hermeneutical approaches to ideas and practices of reconciliation in Islamic tradition, arguing that it is important to understand both the meanings of reconciliation for social actors, and the cultural and structural constraints and resources available to them. Hence it reviews in turn the use of texts relevant to understandings of reconciliation by Muslim intepreters, examples of reconciling practices in contemporary Muslim communities, and broader arguments concerning the character and structure of Muslim communites and societies, and the relationship between Islam, civil society, democracy and human rights.

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