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In: Monotheismus

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Developments in the Islamic world outside of the MENA region traditionally receive little scientific attention. Contrary to this trend, this article focuses on current debates on and developments in the methodology of Islamic Law in Indonesia that are intertwined with the larger process referred to as ‘indigenization of Islam’ in the Southeast Asian country. The pluralistic nature of law in Indonesia leaves room for a rather theoretical and non-juridical discussion of fiqh and enables a renewed exploration of Islamic Law. While easily perceived as a purely religious endeavor, this process comprises important political, social, and religious components and aims at balancing out religious and legal demands and Indonesian culture. By taking various documents and multiple perspectives on Islamic Law into account, this article illustrates the emergence of a genuinely Indonesian Islam and proves how elements of indigenization, globalization, and universalization characterize the process.

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In: Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society

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The contributions of this issue show an understanding of disease(s) and religion in a multifaceted way. Covering traditions of Christianity, Islam, Taoism, indigenous Indonesian people, fundamentalism, and secularism discourses allow for an approach to liminal situations related to diseases and healing and resilience towards the challenges these situations mean. Philosophical reflections, empirical research, theological discussions, studying ideas on sciences, and theoretical reflections on practical dimensions of resilience contribute to a stimulating mosaic of ideas.

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In: Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society

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Modern sciences and Islam are oftentimes perceived (or presented) as irreconcilable or even as mutually exclusive poles. In attempting to re-establish the dialogue on the topic and to find contemporary approaches that might enable one to keep personal religious beliefs while also engaging with modern sciences, this article discusses the works of contemporary physicist Nidhal Guessoum. Guessoum not only critically examines current developments in the realm of science in the Muslim world, but also provides the reader with a solution to what seems to be a problem of colliding epistemologies: reconciling the two traditions. According to Guessoum, both traditions – although using different methods – work towards advancing knowledge and should thus both be upheld and progressed. To illustrate his approach to scientific methodology and thinking, the article also provides an analysis of Guessoum’s videos on COVID-19 and thereby addresses a current topic which clearly proves the need for reliable modern science.

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In: Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society
Interreligiöse Gespräche im Umfeld moderner Gottesfragen im Anschluss an Hermann Stieglecker
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Hermann Stieglecker war ein österreichischer Gelehrter für Bibelstudien und Orientalistik. Er gilt als Pionier des interreligiösen Dialogs noch vor dem Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil, insbesondere für das christlich-muslimische Verhältnis. Dieser Band bietet eine Auswahl einiger seiner Schriften zu Themen der Monotheismen sowie zum Panentheismus und dem Pragmatismus in Asien.
Diese werden ergänzt von einer intellektuellen Biographie Stiegleckers und von Kommentaren zur aktuellen Forschung. Das Buch erscheint zeitgleich zur Neuedition des Standardwerkes Hermann Stiegleckers Die Glaubenslehren des Islam: Seine Überzeugung, dass Verständigung zwischen den Religionen möglich sei, wird in den gegenwartsbezogenen Beiträgen dieses Bandes aufgegriffen. Er ist aus einer Konferenz zur Theologie der Religionen im Dialog hervorgegangen, die vom Forum für Weltreligionen und dem Institut für Orientalistik der Universität Wien organisiert wurde.