An Islamic Perspective
Comparative Religion: An Islamic Perspective provides readers with basic information regarding world’s major religions deliberated in phenomenological approach. This is to enhance better understanding for everyone who embraces a religion understands his/her own religion as well as other peoples’ religions. The writing of this book differs from most books of Comparative Religion as it does not put Islam the same position like other religion as subject of comparison. Rather, Islam takes a “custodian position” whose role is to furnish explanation on ‘What Islam has to say about a particular religion’. Three main reasons attributed to this. Firstly, Islam befitting its status as a meta-religion, whose message is for all mankind (rahmatan lil ‘alamin- Q Chp. 21: 107) which implies that all religion come under its purview; therefore it has the veracity to assess and evaluate each of them. Secondly, the principle of Tawhid, as the basis of Islamic monotheism which is also shared by Judaism and Christianity has been in existence since Prophet Adam and from him that mankind had come from. Therefore it can be said that, there was originally only one people and one religion. Thirdly, it purports to rectify the misconstrued perception among Western authors about Islam perceived as “being the youngest” religion after Judaism and Christianity. The assertion is that Prophet Muhammad who brought Islam came after Jesus. The truth is the reverse, for Islam began with Prophet Adam (a.s.), and with Prophet Muhammad completing the message- the shariah. As for the relationship with other religions, Islam builds bridges through dialogue undertaken in a wider sense which is part and parcel of Islamic teaching. Through religious harmony among peoples of different faiths.
Ghazali Basri, PhD
Ghazali Basri, PhD (University of Aberdeen Scotland), M.A (Columbia University, New York City USA) B.A Honors (University of Malaya) had an extensive experience both in research and teaching in the field of Comparative Religion in Malaysia and abroad. He had been a visiting scholar-researcher at the Selly Oak Centre For Christian-Muslim Relation, University of Birmingham United Kingdom and an academic in University College of Religious Teacher Education Negara Brunei Darussalam. He had also engaged in various inter-religious dialogues, nationally and internationally and formerly a Vice President of World Council of Muslim for Interfaith Relations. Among the titles he authored in English include: Christian Mission and Islamic Da’wah in Malaysia published by Nurin Enterprise Kuala Lumpur (1990); An Integrated Education System in a Multi-faith and Multi-Cultural Country published by Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (1991); Nigeria and Shari’ah: Aspiration and Apprehensions published by The Islamic Foundation, United Kingdom (1994) and Religious Beliefs: The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Volume 10 (co-editor) published by Editions Didier Millet at Kuala Lumpur Office in 2005. Currently he is the Director of the Academy for Civilizational Studies Malaysia and Editor-in-Chief Journal of Civilisation Studies.
The Book’s Table of Content
Comparative Religion: A Science of Discipline
Animism, Chinese Religion, Traditional Chinese Religion and Shintoism
Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism
Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Christianity
The Growth and Progress of Religions in Relation to Islam
Islam and Religious Dialogue
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