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Being in the WorldDialogue and Cosmopolis$
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Fred Dallmayr

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813141916

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813141916.001.0001

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Opening the Doors of Interpretation

Opening the Doors of Interpretation

In Memory of Nasr Abu Zayd and Mohammed al-Jabri

(p.177) 12. Opening the Doors of Interpretation
Being in the World

Fred Dallmayr

University Press of Kentucky

Referencing the many dangers facing vigilantes opposing autocracy in the Muslim world today, Dallmayr explores how religion is strongly rooted in most Muslim countries. Chapter twelve commemorates two leading Muslim philosophers and intellectuals—the Egyptian Nasr Abu Zayd and the Moroccan Mohammed al-Jabri—who both passed away in 2010. In different ways, both sought to vindicate the right of free interpretation of scriptures as a gateway toward a more democratic way of life. Dallmayr asserts that when joined by other intellectuals in other parts of the world, the examples of these thinkers can pave the way toward a generously tolerant, dialogical, and immanent-transcendent cosmopolis.

Keywords:   Nasr Abu Zayd, Mohammed al-Jabri, Cosmopolis, Muslim, Religion, Scripture

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