Does Islam come to impose a totalising culture? How do we deal with the dynamic tension between universals of Islam and the particulars of our communities? What can we learn from the history of European Muslims for our lives today?

In Universalities & Particularities: How Islam Relates to the Context, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad and Dr Ingrid Mattson provide us with an understanding of historical elements of Islamic tradition found in both the people and structures of Bosnia. Tawhid is the most universal of principles – we are all subject to the same one God and recognise him according to the same litany of beautiful names. At the same time, the Qur’an proclaims that there is something valid and legitimate in the mutual knowing of peoples and tribes. These lectures offer us a way to understand what natural expressions of Islam can be and what it means to live together with faith and mercy.

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