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Maximalist Religion, Minimalist Religion

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This chapter discusses the question of minimalist and maximalist religion, and explains the considerations and incidents that led to address this issue. There is a view that suggests that all the necessary and sufficient measures, instructions and rules for economics, governance, commerce, law, ethics, knowledge of God and so on for any kind of mentality or life, whether simple or complex, have been included in Islamic law. The fanatical formalism of Islamic jurists arises precisely from the fact that they have an eye on the otherworldly consequences of actions and precepts; otherwise, why would they get so obsessed with the payment of alms on the fourfold grains or the hoarding of special items. The history of religious knowledge is testimony to the fact that religious knowledge constantly increases. Religious and non-religious leaders are bound by certain social, historical and human constraints, of which language is the simplest and most evident.

Keywords: Islamic law; maximalist religion; minimalist religion; religious knowledge



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