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Religions 2015, 6(2), 642-656; doi:10.3390/rel6020642

An Islamic Perspective in Managing Religious Diversity

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Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
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Department of Syariah and Law, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
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Humanities Research Cluster, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
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Department of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
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Academic Editor: Todd Green
Received: 23 September 2014 / Accepted: 12 May 2015 / Published: 21 May 2015
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This paper examines the concept of “diversity” as mentioned in the Qur’an and how commonalities in diverse religions may be used as a model for civilizational dialogue towards achieving harmony. This study reveals that religious and cultural diversity are laws of nature which cannot be changed while the concept of “identity” is a contested issue in modern discourse. Results also show that peace may be established among diverse religions through their commonalities and the best way to exploit these commonalities and to reduce the religious divide is through civilizational dialogue. The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and other methods for changing the nature of religious differences and reaching a consensus—thus arriving at a peaceful co-existence—are also discussed. It was found that people are often misguided or divided in the name of religion and culture, despite the fact that the philosophy of every religion is based on peace and harmony. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious diversity; conflict transformation; conflict management; dialogue; Islamic perspective religious diversity; conflict transformation; conflict management; dialogue; Islamic perspective
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Wani, H.; Abdullah, R.; Chang, L.W. An Islamic Perspective in Managing Religious Diversity. Religions 2015, 6, 642-656.

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