9781137286352

Faith, Philosophy and the Reflective Muslim

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    9781137286352

  • ISBN10:

    1137286350

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-10
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Is belief in God justified? This question has been examined numerous times, but never from the angle taken by this book: that of the 'reflective Muslim'. The reflective Muslim describes a person of Islamic faith who acknowledges that people of other religious and non-religious persuasions are as concerned with seeking truth and avoiding error as they themselves are.

This work begins with the assumption of religious ambiguity - i.e., that the total relevant evidence neither shows belief in God to be true nor false. Accordingly, the central question of this work is whether a person can be entitled to hold and act on their belief in God when there is religious ambiguity?

The author contends that belief in God can be justified under the condition of religious ambiguity, and he defends this view by employing an account of faith inspired by the pioneering work of the American intellectual, William James.

Author Biography

Zain Ali is the Head of the Islamic Studies Research Unit at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He currently teaches papers on Islam, and is interested in the intersection between Islamic Philosophy and contemporary Philosophy of Religion. In particular, he is interested in exploring philosophical responses to religious diversity.

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. A Jamesian Account of Faith
2. The Challenge of al-Ghazali's Scepticism
3. The Challenge of al-Ghazali's Sufi Account of Faith
4. Chapter Four: A Jamesian Reading of al-Ghazali
5. The Challenge of Contemporary Evidentialism
6. Challenges to Religious Pluralism
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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