Islamic Discourses: Definitions and Background

  • S. M. Farid Mirbagheri
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


To talk of Islam as a monolithic religion with a uniform standard of behaviour throughout, is, to put it mildly, a fallacy.1 At best it is a misleading proposition overlooking the vast variety of cultures in which Islamic tradition and Muslims have developed throughout history and at worst it is a dangerous assumption risking misunderstanding, misperception and conflict at a local or wider level. Islam, like any other religion, has its varieties expressed through different sects, cultures and interpretations. Any individual or group claiming otherwise has a somewhat shallow or misguided understanding of this faith.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Farid Mirbagheri
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NicosiaCyprus

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