Interview with Nimat Hafez Barazangi: The Inner Jihad (Der Innere Dschihad)
Recherche (German Journal of Philosopy) No. 1, February-March 2009
5 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2015
Date Written: 2009
English Abstract: What were your first experiences in reading the Qur'an like? First of all, every Muslim is required to read the Quran. Unfortunately, the tradition made it that reading the Quran is seen more as a religious ritual than a knowledge based ritual. When I started to study Islamic philosophy and ethics at Damascus University, I realized that there was a certain disharmony between the daily practice on one side and the words of the Quran and the Islamic philosophy on the other. That made me more curious during my inquiries. When I went to the United States in 1967, I could do this only as an addition to my main subject which was educational science. I noticed that I really didn’t know much about my religion. So I began to read the Quran systematically by themes instead of reading it by verses. I focused on what mattered to me in my daily life and started to search for it using a Qur'anic concordance.
German Abstract: Ein Gespräch mit der Wissenschaftlerin und Korangelehrten Nimat Hafez Barazangi über den Islam als Vernunftreligion und die Selbsterziehung als Grundlage gesellschaftlicher Veränderung.
Keywords: Qur'`an, Islamic philosophy, Islamic ethics, Nimat Hafez Barazangi
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