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Between Heaven and Hell


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Foreword: Salvation: The Known and the Unknown - Tariq Ramadan Acknowledgments A Note on Conventions Contributors Introduction: Grappling with the Salvation Question - Mohammad Hassan Khalil Part I: Historical Dimensions Chapter 1: Failures of Practice or Failures of Faith: Are Non-Muslims Subject to the Sharia? - A. Kevin Reinhart Chapter 2: ''No Salvation Outside Islam'': Muslim Modernists, Democratic Politics, and Islamic Theological Exclusivism - Mohammad Fadel Part II: Diversity and Mercy Chapter 3: The Ambiguity of the Qur'anic Command - William C. Chittick Chapter 4: Beyond Polemics and Pluralism: The Universal Message of the Qur'an - Reza Shah-Kazemi Part III: Supersessionism and Mercy Chapter 5: The Path of Allah or the Paths of Allah? Revisiting Classical and Medieval Sunni Approaches to the Salvation of Others - Yasir Qadhi Chapter 6: Realism and the Real: Islamic Theology and the Problem of Alternative Expressions of God - Tim Winter Part IV: Reconceptualizing Pluralism Chapter 7: Non-reductive Pluralism and Religious Dialogue - Muhammad Legenhausen Chapter 8: Oneself as the Saved Other? The Ethics and Soteriology of Difference in Two Muslim Thinkers - Sajjad Rizvi Part V: Otherness and the Qur'an Chapter 9: The Portrayal of Jews and the Possibilities for Their Salvation in the Qur'an - Farid Esack Chapter 10: Embracing Relationality and Theological Tensions: Muslima Theology, Religious Diversity, and Fate - Jerusha Lamptey Part VI: Otherness and Inclusion Chapter 11: The Food of the Damned - David M. Freidenreich Chapter 12: Acts of Salvation: Agency, Others, and Prayer beyond the Grave in Islam - Marcia Hermansen Chapter 13: Citizen Ahmad among the Believers: Salvation Contextualized in Indonesia and Egypt - Bruce B. Lawrence Glossary of Select Terms Index Index of Qur'anic Verses

About the Author

Mohammad Hassan Khalil is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Adjunct Professor of Law, and Director of the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University.


"Khalil's volumes encourage us to perceive inter-religious dialogue on a deeper level than that of superficial do-gooders unable to understand the real difficulties of religious confrontation." --Marginalia "This is a collection of essays-as rich as it is unique-that tackles the weighty topic of salvation within the Islamic tradition. Rather than offering pat and monochromatic responses, the various authors demonstrate that a broad spectrum of perspectives is possible on this subject through a faithful and critical reading of foundational texts within Islam. Mohammad Hassan Khalil is to be commended for bringing this multifaceted intra- and interfaith conversation to the attention of a broad reading public." --Asma Afsaruddin, Chair & Professor of the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Indiana University "Unusually, yet refreshingly, a number of contributions cross-reference each other and so there is a sense in which the individual contributions in Between Heaven and Hell form more than the sum of their parts... a lot of care has been taken in the production of Khalil's [volume] as evidenced, for example, by the copious notes, cross-references, glossaries, and indexes of Qur'anic verses. The engaging subject matter ensures that [it lends itself] to a wide readership of scholars students, and intellectuals. Khalil's own writing in Between Heaven and Hell is clear and accessible. [The book] will not fail to impress anybody concerned with Muslim views on soteriology and religious diversity." --Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies

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