A MUSLIM MODEL FOR PEACEFUL CO – EXISTENCE AND MUTUAL RESPECT
The core Muslim sources consider diversity and plurality to be the ba- sis of everything. Indeed, diversity and plurality in nations, religions, cultures, races, and religious laws is part of the design of the universe. With the cur- rent debate on multiculturalism and cultural engagement, there is an urgent need to understand the Muslim contributions to this critical topic. However, instead of examining the general views of Islam and Muslims on diversity and plurality or their general understanding of multiculturalism, culture engage- ment, peaceful co-existence, and mutual respect, the objective of this article is namely to develop a particular Muslim model related to Islamicjerusalem for Aman (peaceful co-existence and mutual respect). It is hoped that this model could set the scene to advance the current research on the Muslim contributions on this important topic at this critical time in 21st century, en- rich our understanding of multiculturalism and cultural engagement, address some of the sensitive, important and key issues on the subject, and open up and promote intellectual and academic debate and understanding of this Muslim model to shed light on new lines of explanation. Although Islamicje- rusalem is the most delicate issue of dispute between the current two con- flicting parties, it is also hoped that this model will provide a better under- standing for the world leaders who are trying to return peace to the region.
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