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Title: Who Says Heaven is Only for Muslims?
Subtitle: Rereading Islamic Resources on the Question of Monopoly on Salvation
Author(s): MAROOF SHAH, Muhammad
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 32    Issue: 2   Date: 2022   
Pages: 175-193
DOI: 10.2143/SID.32.2.3291408

Abstract :
The thesis of monopoly of salvation for Muslims is largely based on a (contested) atomistic interpretation of a few verses, prophetic traditions, the political support for an exclusivist understanding, and, as such, needs to be historicized. The thesis needs to be contested on the basis of a critical reception of medieval polemical literature, a further development of theoretical inclusivism in the mainstream theological legacy, a wider diffusion of various shades of inclusivism, and a frank universalism by many influential Muslim scholars. In addition, sophisticated arguments of major Muslim philosophers, Sufis and scholars of the traditionalist school, and a number of independently formulated arguments from many influential modern scholars from other religions and theorists of comparative religion all converge to problematize the exclusivist view.

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