Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
4.3.3 Where Islam and Nationalism Collide
War damage in abandoned bank in Mostar, Bosnia. Clark and Kim Kays, 2010.
While recognizing the validity of national, racial, tribal, ethnic, and cultural differences, Islam views them as signs of God’s creative power, not as the foundation for the creation of mutually destructive political agendas (Renovatio, 2017).
Islamic scriptural refutations of “fanatical tribalism” can be applied to modern day nationalism, argues Imam Zaid Shakir, co-founder of the Zaytuna College in California, USA.
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.