Call to focus on similarities

Dr Amal Sayyid discusses the text in the context of recent racial and religious conflicts in an event

By News Desk March 21, 2019
The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI). PHOTO: FILE

The Department of English, in collaboration with the Contemporary Poetics Forum, IIUI held a book launch for Prof Ayaz Afsar’s newly published book, Quranic and Biblical Narrative Discourse: A Contemporary Approach.

Dr Amal Sayyid while speaking on the occasion discussed the text in context of recent racial and religious conflicts and mentioned how it shows an alternative response that focuses on shared narratives and similarities rather than on differences.

She said Dr Afsar’s work does not try to liberalise Islam or to produce some sort of apologetic narrative, but rather it acknowledges the similarities between faiths without sacrificing anything to the secular.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2019.


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