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Throughout this work we have attempted to address the three questions posed in the Introduction on the definitions of and circumstances for waging jihad and the importance of peace in Islam. In that regard different interpretations of the faith were outlined and it was illustrated that the Islamist radical reading of Islam does not reflect the totality of the religion. None of the schools in Islam outlined, whether conservative, radical, or liberal, can claim a monopoly on interpretation of the text. It was stated that the interpretation can and should vary with the historical development of humanity and that claims on the finality of any single reading can themselves be viewed as sacrilege for it would place the creature (humanity) equal to the Creator (God). The text remains constant and eternal but interpretation cannot and should not.
KeywordsPedantic Rationality Liberal Discourse Durable Peace Fundamentalist Discourse Transcendental Spirituality
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