Religious Texts of Diversity Vs Exclusion

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC22 Sociology of Religion (host committee)

Language: English

In the rising post-secular religio-cultural climate, exegetical eyes have been seeing anew that foundational Holy Texts often associated one-sidedly with social suppression in the ancient worlds had been read superficially, usually without much historical depth. However, in evolved libraries, as all Holy Texts and canons are, dominant religio-cultural ideals are as real as they are partial. Alternate voices are never fully silenced; some remain merely compromised through processes of canonisation and dominant interpretation. However, to see these competing theological streams in ancient texts requires eyes that see anew, with exegetes' and other interpreters' views having been steered by influential publications, events and trends or sensitivities within their societies. For this session, papers are invited that:

1. Analyse in foundational religious textual corpora (Holy Texts and key classical interpretative texts, moments and movements) the interplay between diversity and exclusion (with both latter terms which apply to all spheres of the human experience); and / or

2. Analyse key modern, post-modern and post-secular texts, moments and movements that have shaped the historical imagination of interpreters of these  foundational religious textual corpora; and / or

3. Bring aspects of 1 and 2 into interpretatively into play with one another.

Session Organizer:
Christo LOMBAARD, University of South Africa, South Africa
Victor ROUDOMETOF, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Oral Presentations
The Qur’an and the Corruption of Other Scriptures
Abdulla GALADARI, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates