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MIDEO – Call for publication: Muslim Theology of Religions

MIDEO 33 (2018)

Islam and religions. The topic is not new. At the time of early Islam, it referred to the relations and interactions between Muslims and non-Muslims. In the first centuries of Islam, it was discussed in the context of treaties on dogmas and practices of different “sects” and religions. It classifies the numerous Refutations (rudūd) towards Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians or heterodox Muslim factions and deals with the legal question (fiqh) of the rights and duties of the non-Muslims on the one hand and the Muslims’ on the other hand .

Since the eighties, the question has been subject to a renewed interest, especially because of the influence of the Christian theology. The aim is to question the view of the Koran, the Sunna or some Muslim thinkers towards non-Muslims and their religions. In this perspective, some have tried to assess whether the paradigms of exclusivism, inclusivism and pluralism brought forward within a Christian theology of religions could be used to explain the Islam’s views about non-Muslim religions . Thus, thinkers or philosophers question the Koran and already highlight the existence of “pluralist” verses . A Muslim theology of non-Muslims and religions is emerging. Many questions, otherwise classical, are linked to this theology. What role does God give to or expect from non-Muslims? How does he judge the actions of a non-Muslim in order to serve him or to serve humanity and what value should be given to the non-Muslim religion in passing on spiritual virtues? What is the theological and legal status of the books other religions ? Can salvation be considered for a non-Muslim ?
The MIDEO 33 (2018) dedicates a file to this topic and welcomes the publication of articles and various texts which can contribute to put into perspective a Muslim theology of religions.

Schedule: articles must be submitted to MIDEO’s direction in .doc and .PDF file before April, 1st 2017 to following the style guide (see our website). After an “anonymous” reading by two rapporteurs, writers will be informed within three months whether their article is accepted or not. The texts will be corrected in the fall of 2017 and the publication is planned for the first quarter of 2018.

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MIDEO 33 (2018)

Islam et religions. La thématique n’est pas nouvelle. À l’époque du early islam, elle renvoie aux relations et interactions entre musulmans et non musulmans. Elle s’inscrit aux premiers siècles de l’islam dans le cadre de traités sur les dogmes et les pratiques des différentes « sectes » et religions. Elle répertorie les multiples Réfutations (rudūd) à l’égard des juifs, chrétiens, zoroastriens ou factions musulmanes hétérodoxes et traite de la question juridique (fiqh) des droits et des devoirs des non-musulmans et de ceux des musulmans, de part et d’autre .

Depuis les années quatre-vingt, sous l’influence notamment de la théologie chrétienne, la question fait l’objet d’une étude renouvelée. Il s’agit d’interroger la vision du Coran, de la Sunna ou de tels penseurs musulmans à l’égard des non musulmans et de leurs religions. Dans cette perspective, certains ont cherché à évaluer si les paradigmes de l’exclusivisme, de l’inclusivisme et du pluralisme mis en avant au sein d’une théologie chrétienne des religions pouvaient être mobilisés pour rendre compte des visions de l’islam sur les religions non musulmanes . Ainsi, des penseurs ou des philosophes interrogent le Coran et mettent d’ores et déjà en lumière l’existence de versets « pluralistes » . Une théologie musulmane des non musulmans et des religions se dessine. Nombreuses questions lui sont liées, classiques au demeurant : Quel rôle Dieu attribue-t-il ou attend-il des non musulmans ? Comment juge-t-il les actes accomplis par un non musulman en vue de le servir ou de servir l’humanité et quelle valeur attribuer à sa religion dans la transmission de vertus spirituelles ? Quel est le statut théologique et juridique des livres des autres religions ? Peut-on envisager le salut pour le non musulman et sa religion comme une voie de salut ?
Le MIDEO 33 (2018) consacre un dossier à cette thématique et accueille la publication d’articles ou d’éditions de texte qui permettent de contribuer à la mise en perspective d’une théologie musulmane des religions.

Calendrier : Les articles doivent être soumis à la direction du MIDEO en format .doc et .pdf avant le 1er avril 2017 à en suivant scrupuleusement les recommandations stylistiques de la revue (voir notre site). Après lecture « en aveugle » par deux rapporteurs, les auteurs sont informés dans les trois mois qui suivent de l’acceptation ou non de leur article. Les épreuves sont corrigées à l’automne 2017 et la publication est prévue pour le premier trimestre 2018.

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