Watt’s View on Muslim Heritage in The Study of Other Religions: A Critical Analysis

  • Wan Mohd Fazrul Azdi Wan Razali
  • Mohd Rosmizi Abd Rahman
  • Jaffary Awang
Keywords: Muslim, the study of other religions, purposiveness and non-purposiveness, William Montgomery Watt and Islamic Self-Sufficiency

Abstract

This paper examines a writing of the late William Montgomery Watt’s (1909-2006) monumental work entitled Muslim-Christian Encounters: Perceptions and Misperceptions that is related to the legacy of study of religions. The authors emphasize on Watt’s important claim that due to Muslims’ tradition of Islamic self-sufficiency or showing no interest in studying doctrines of other religions, has led to the dearth of literatures in the field. This study employed a qualitative methodology in which the textual analysis approach was applied on Watt’s writing. The findings indicate that there are seven examples provided by Watt to strengthen his notion of Islamic self-sufficiency, each of whom has methodological flaw and opens room for criticism and improvement.

 

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Published
2017-12-31
How to Cite
Wan Razali, W. M. F. A., Abd Rahman, M. R., & Awang, J. (2017). Watt’s View on Muslim Heritage in The Study of Other Religions: A Critical Analysis. AL-ITQAN: JOURNAL OF ISLAMIC SCIENCES AND COMPARATIVE STUDIES, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.31436/al-itqan.v1i1.11