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Critique of Religious Discourse$
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Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207125

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207125.001.0001

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Reading Religious Texts

Reading Religious Texts

An Exploratory Study of Types of Meaning

(p.226) 3. Reading Religious Texts
Critique of Religious Discourse

Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd

, Jonathan Wright
Yale University Press

This chapter considers the problematic aspects of reading the religious texts themselves. It aims to help provide guidelines for the old and yet continuing polemical controversy on the part of those who reject the legitimacy of the slogan “Islam is the Solution,” which is the third approach in dealing with the phenomenon of the Islamic revival. This approach is not a by-product of the Islamist revival or merely a negative response to it: It is an approach that is rooted in modern thought, and the most prominent representatives of it may be the “advocates of enlightenment” who are now known by the name secularists—a name that is sometimes meant to stigmatize them as infidels, atheists, or heretics, with the implication that these people serve foreign interests and are traitors to their countries and to the wider Arab nation.

Keywords:   religious text, Islam, Islamic text, Islamic revival

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