The Politics of Post-Essential Islamic Liberation Theology The Difference and Intersection between Farid Esack and Hamid Dabashi

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Ashraf Kunnummal


Islamic liberation theology, pluralism, liberation theodicy, otherness, post-essentialism


Farid Esack and Hamid Dabashi are two critical Islamic liberation theology scholars who redefined the discourse on ‘self’ and ‘other’ in contemporary Islamic thought. These two scholars engage with the self and other category of pluralism and the employment of theodicy in Islamic liberation theology. Using pluralism to clear the space for a liberating praxis is the task of Esack, while Dabashi uses the idea of theodicy to challenge the existing consensus on and reconfigure the liberation in Islamic liberation theology. Moving from the otherness of Muslims to the multiplicity of otherness – the various mani-festations of self and other – in a pluriversal horizon of liberation, this article deploys both Esack’s and Dabashi’s notions of self and other towards build-ing a new politics of Islamic liberation theology.


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