Brotherhood beyond the Ummah: Theological and socio-cultural perspectives to potential of coexistence

HTS Theological Studies 77 (4) (2021)
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Abstract

When we look at a single example in the comparison of the West and the East, the ban on minarets in Switzerland or the absence of any churches in Saudi Arabia leads to incorrect conclusions. Such ideological selectivity hinders the model of coexistence. In this research study, we mentioned the possibilities, needs and minimum requirements of a coexistence model beyond the Ummah. We perform firstly the description or diagnosis of the given situation, namely the determination of the problem: the political or historical, theological and cultural sources, and origin of the problem; the expansion of the given situation to the paradigm from the history, the spirit of the times, theological sources and principles; and solution: updating the theological, political and cultural displacements and applying them in the current context.Contribution: This is the thesis of this paper: humans have enough theological, political, cultural and educational possibilities for a new global Convivencia for being able to realise ‘together and common living’. Humans have the theological, political and cultural opportunities to realise a new global Convivencia ‘living together even if not in unison’ for the future.

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