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Mimetic Theory and Islam

"The Wound Where Light Enters"

  • Michael Kirwan
  • Ahmad Achtar
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Argument

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Kirwan, Ahmad Achtar
      Pages 3-27
  3. Texts

  4. Traditions

  5. Christianity and Islam in Resentful Modernity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Yaniss Warrach
      Pages 141-148
    3. Wilhelm Guggenberger
      Pages 149-161
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 175-178

About this book

Introduction

This volume explores the 'Mimetic Theory' of the cultural theorist René Girard and its applicability to Islamic thought and tradition. Authors critically examine Girard's assertion about the connection between group formation, religion, and 'scapegoating' violence. These insights, Girard maintained, have their source in biblical revelation. Are there parallels in other faith traditions, especially Islam? To this end, Muslim scholars and scholars of Mimetic Theory have examined the hypothesis of an 'Abrahamic Revolution.' This is the claim that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each share in a spiritual and ethical historical 'breakthrough:' a move away from scapegoating violence, and towards a sense of justice for the innocent victim.

Keywords

mimetic theory Abrahamic Girard Qur’anic Mimesis

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Kirwan
    • 1
  • Ahmad Achtar
    • 2
  1. 1.Loyola InstituteTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of Advanced StudyUniversity of LondonLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-05695-7
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05694-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05695-7
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