Critique of radical religious paradigm: an epistemological analysis from principles of Islamic thought

Rohayana, Ade Dedi and Sofi, Muhammad Jauhari (2021) Critique of radical religious paradigm: an epistemological analysis from principles of Islamic thought. Indonesian Journal of Islam and Muslim Societies (IJIMS), 11 (1). pp. 163-184. ISSN 2406-825X

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As one important factor enabling Islamophobia, radicalism has been a global issue endangering personal safety and public security. It is strongly associated with incorrect understanding of religious doctrines. This paper aims to present a critique of religious paradigm promoted by the radical groups from principles of Islamic thought (usul fiqh) perspective. Using epistemological analysis to uncover the nature of their religious understanding and its justification, this study argues that radical religious paradigm is characterized with monolithic, textual, and rigid interpretation of the sacred texts. According to the radical groups, the sources of Islamic laws or teachings are restricted to only the Quran and the hadith, leaving no space for alternative interpretations. They do not give a place for ra’yu (reason) in determining the laws or teachings. In the other hands, usul fiqh maintains that the sources of the Islamic laws or teachings are not restricted to only the two said sources; it also gives a place for ra’yu (reason). From usul fiqh perspective, the sources can also be found in the form of isyarah (signalling) and ruh (spirit) of the Quran and the hadith. In this sense, usul fiqh refuses the literal interpretation proposed by the radical groups since not all of the texts in the Quran and the hadith can be understood literally.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epistemological approach; Islamic thought; radicalism; religious doctrine
Subjects: 200 RELIGION (AGAMA) > 2X0 ISLAM UMUM > 2X0.072 Studi Islam
Divisions: Pascasarjana > Magister Hukum Keluarga
Depositing User: Junaeti Aqin
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2021 03:06
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2021 03:06

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