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(2013) Being a muslim in the world, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.


toward a hermeneutics of alterity

Hamid Dabashi

pp. 158-160

In this book I have tried to posit a hermeneutic of alterity as opposed to a metaphysics of identity as the manner of being a Muslim in the world. The absolutism of certainty within a metaphysical regime will have to be posited against the uncertainty of living it against the absolutist convictions of the other. Ultimately, the collapsing of the binary between "religion and secularity" and "Islam and the West" entails the necessity of thinking through a hermeneutics of alterity that will teach us how to live with uncertainties, in a world that only humanity can inhabit by virtue of the language that mediates that possibility. To rise to the post-Western world means to transcend the politics and ultimately the metaphysics of identity and reach for a hermeneutics of alterity.

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DOI: 10.1057/9781137301291_8

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Dabashi, H. (2013). Conclusion: toward a hermeneutics of alterity, in Being a muslim in the world, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 158-160.

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