Published on November 11, 2019 Updated on November 11, 2019

Islam and Otherness

True acceptance of otherness in a globalized and pluralistic world allows us to measure the capacity of religious, philosophical or political thought to fit in and assume the contemporary societal dynamics inherent to globalization (Taylor). This acceptance is not devoid of resistance that stem from the rise of entrenched identity expressions founded in particular on a vision of equality that is based on the "similar" which assumes a historical-ethnic [1] or religious identity. At the same time, the philosophy of interculturality and the policies of multiculturalism consider and support pluralism and multiculturalism (Fornet-Betencourt, Parekh, Taylor, Kymlicka, Tully). These lead to the reassessment of minority cultures, the rewriting of the history of solidarity, and the re-examination of the relationship between the center and the periphery within a national territory and in international relations. 

The 3rd International Congress of PLURIEL "Islam and Otherness" aims to address this societal movement from the perspective of Islam and beyond identity-based resistance. It will thus focus on how Islam can be considered a 'resource' (Jullien) in order to approach the other in the globalized world.

In this context, what is the other's specific thought that is being expressed to ground and support the dynamics of postmodernity?
How is the other presented and brought together within contemporary Muslim movements and the policies of Muslim states to think differently about the legal evolution of personal status and equal civil rights?
What thought-provoking strategies are being implemented to go beyond the classical frameworks established as orthodox principles, which are still maintained today to approach the dialogical relationship with the other?
How does the rise of an inclusive or pluralistic Islamic thought lead non-Muslim theologians to renew their view of the Islamic reality, particularly with regard to Jews, Christians and atheists?

Three approaches will make it possible to address the reality of otherness in Islam in terms of resources : Geopolitical, Dialogal, and Citizenship.

 [1] Pierre Rosanvallon, La Société des égaux, Paris, Seuil, 2011.



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