Der Innere Dschihad (Interview Nimat Hafez Barazangi: The Inner Jihad)

Reserche, February-March 2009

1 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2015 Last revised: 7 Apr 2015

Date Written: 2009


German Abstract: Ein Gespräch mit der Wissenschaftlerin und Korangelehrten Nimat ez Barazangi über den Islam als Vernunftreligion und die Selbsterziehung als Grundlage esellschaftlicher Veränderung. Von Helmut Neundlinger

English Abstract: What were your first experiences in reading the Qur'an like?

First of all, every Muslim is required to read the Qur`an. Unfortunately, the tradition made it that reading the Qur`an 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 Qur`an 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 did not know much about my religion. So I began to read the Qur`an 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).

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: Islamic philosophy, Islamic ethics, Nimat Hafez Barazangi

Suggested Citation

Barazangi, Nimat H., Der Innere Dschihad (Interview Nimat Hafez Barazangi: The Inner Jihad) (2009). Reserche, February-March 2009. Available at SSRN:

Nimat H. Barazangi (Contact Author)

Cornell University ( email )

120 Simsbury Dr.
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States


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