Stereotypes, Marginalisation and Exclusion
We argued previously that a conception of Muslim cannot just be instrumentally tied to an individual’s confessional stance, but rather, that as an ethical being, a Muslim is one who surrenders to a higher being by cultivating harmonious and balanced relationships between him/herself and others. Building on this particular understanding of Muslim, we also argued that a conception of ummah, as a collective marker of belonging to humankind, would need to embody and manifest itself through ethical practices and ways of being, since such an ummah would be unencumbered by religious, cultural, economic or political limitations. In the previous chapter, we concluded that those who lay claim to accepting the message of Islam, as articulated through the Qurān and made visible through the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, have a responsibility to act and speak out against all forms of dystopias. It seems appropriate, therefore, in the concluding chapter of this book, to give due consideration to the instances and patterns of stereotypes, marginalisation and exclusion that invariably contribute to the world in which we find ourselves.
KeywordsReligious Tradition Muslim Woman Ideological Difference Terrorist Incident Basic Fundamental Principle
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