MUSLIM COMMUNITY/UMMAH IN CHANGING SOCIETY. RE-CONTEXTUALIZATION OF THE QUR'AN IN POLITICAL CONTEXT
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The study aims to make a modest contribution to research into Muslim readings of the Qur'an in its changing social context. For this aim, the study explores the extent of the impact of different political and social concerns on the conceptual world of the Islam and shows the changes of theological attitude towards the issues in accordance with contemporary political values. In other words, the real purpose of the study is to show that the different political circumstances and conditions have affected the reception and the perception of the reader of the Qur'an. The main part of the research is devoted to a study on the reflections on religio-communal concepts of Islam, especially the ummah (community) in the past and present. This paper hopes to stay with the line of inquiry: 'What does the Qur'an mean today to the Muslims living under globalizing political values?' 'How can they usefully make a link between changing configurations of politics and the Qur'anic discourses?' 'How is the Qur'an explained by political concepts or in other words how is it politicized?'
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