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Ridạ̄'s Sources Of Knowledge Of The West: With Special Reference To Christianity

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This chapter is devoted to study Riḍā’s attempts to find his sources of knowledge on the West. Although al-Manar gives a good picture of Riḍā’s line of thought in this regard, his remaining papers in the family archive could add to our knowledge more about other dynamic factors, which obviously contributed to al-Manar's conceptualization of the West in general, and of Christianity in particular. The chapter describes the detailed analysis of Riḍā’s sources. The author admits that it will be unattainable to systematically trace all the sources exploited by Riḍā throughout his journal's thirty-seven years of publication. Selecting representative samples of these sources, however, would be sufficient to evaluate adequately the kind of approach he was using both in his criticism of other religions and his own justification for defending Islam.

Keywords: al-Manar; christianity; Islam; Riḍā’; West



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