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Nor is it limited to the anachronistic xenophobia of ‘little Englander’ narrow-mindedness towards the settlement of visibly different ‘new Britons’. The placing of Muslims in the British context has perhaps more to do with the way in which Britons imagine Britain and Britishness – as a historical construction that is rooted within collective national consciousness. This is a Britishness that is the product of both historical revisionism and romantic imperialism that are both locked into a past Britain previously prefi xed by the word ‘Great’.
V. O. Quine and J. S. Ullian, Web of Belief, 2nd edn (New York: Random House, 1978). 64 R. 2010. 65 D. 2010. 66 The downside of such an approach is that decentralization sometimes results in the growth of fundamentalism. 2 Negotiating Negation: Christians and Muslims Making a Space for the Religious ‘Other’ in British Society Mohammad S. Seddon Introduction This chapter seeks to examine developing approaches in theology and religious studies in transforming attitudes to the religious other and how they might enhance relations between Christian and Muslim communities in the context of multicultural and religiously plural Britain.
Viii. Negotiating Negation 27 has a heterodox sect sent to scourge Christendom of its religious infidelities and heresies. A particular example is the eschatological understanding of Islam first developed by the early medieval theologian St. John of Damascus (c. 15 The impact of such ‘theologies of exclusion’ has historically meant a religious and cultural distancing between both faith traditions by which neither needed to consider the later realities of an intimate geocultural proximity. The developed distancing of both traditions was rapidly evaporated as a direct result of imperial conquest and postcolonial migration, respectively.
Antichrist in the Middle Ages: A Study of Medieval Apocalypticism, Art, and Literature by Richard K. Emmerson