'In them ye have benefits for a term appointed' (Q 22:33): A Girardian Perspective on the origin of Islam

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Abstract

This essay argues that René Girard's mimetic theory can help scholars better to understand the context wherein Islam first saw the light, some of its rites (in particular the norms regulating sacrifice, pilgrimage and jihad), as well as the whole theme of difference in the Qur'anic discourse. According to this hypothesis, Islam could be understood, from a Christian perspective, as a partial return to the sacrificial order, which delays the outburst of violence, unmasked, once and for all, by the Paschal event.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteThe Whole is Greater Than Its Parts. Encountering the Interreligious and Ecumenical Other in the Age of Pope Francis
Pagine305-328
Numero di pagine24
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020

Keywords

  • René Girard
  • JIhad
  • Origin of Islam
  • Mimetic Theory

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