Seminar: Conciliation in the Qur’an and Interfaith Relations

Thursday 21 November 14.30 – 16.00

Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, 109 Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1EH

Led by Shafi Fazaluddi (Ph.D. Candidate, SOAS, University of London)

Despite its important social implications, conciliation in the Qurʾan remains a fragmented and under-researched field of study. This seminar will focus on Conciliation in the Meccan suras Q.6 and Q.7, and will argue that Conciliation is emphasised through the central notion of iṣlāḥ (reconciliation, reform, order). The analysis reveals that iṣlāḥ is the central axis around which equilibrium is maintained in the Divine world order, a process of Divine education in the form of revelation and prophetic instruction, which prevents and contains disputes and directly aims to address the angelic complaint, at man’s creation, of fasād and bloodshed on the earth. As such, iṣlāḥ is integrally embedded in the Qurʾanic discourse and appears to be the primary responsibility of man as God’s vicegerent. The origination narrative of Adam and Satan, embedded within the discourse on iṣlāḥ, utilises the repeated term of address ‘O Children of Adam’ to provide a clear sense of universal and timeless appeal.

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