Study of Religions: The Queen of Study in Humanities

By Haslina Ibrahim.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Man and religion are among the subjects of interest that configure the establishment of human intellectual tradition. However, tracing down the history of both areas, we are presented with multiple responses either in support of or against the subjects. The relation between the two is also another interesting area to embark on. In the case when the relationship is negatively perceived, it resulted into total separation between the two. In contradiction, when the two is perceived as exist in harmony, reconciliation between the two takes place. Unfortunately, the latter had not been the favorite choice. Tracing down the human history in general, we may be surprised that the relationship between man and religion had underwent severe conflict that lead to their divorce. The complete separation took place during modernity as man was enlightened by his own reasoning. Even religion falls under the domain of his reasoning. Study on humanities became the ‘lonely king’. Thus, religion being marginalized and privatized made a perfect ingredient for nurturing exclusivism and isolationism. We are now leaving in the post-modern time eating the bitter fruit of the divorce between the two which come under the disguise of nationalism, ethnocentricism and religious exclusivism. It is due to these challenges that this paper seeks to re-accentuate the study of religions as ‘the queen’ of the study in humanities without which the understanding of man fall short. On top of that, the paper attempts at highlighting the positive role the study of religions had for treating the current crisis in human relation.

Keywords: Religions, Humanities

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 10, pp.43-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 533.912KB).

Dr. Haslina Ibrahim

Assistant Professor, Department of Usuluddin & Comparative Religion, International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Usuluddin with highest distinction from the University of Malaya, an a Master’s and Phd degrees in Usuluddin and Comparative Religion from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Her academic areas of interest are Comparative Religion and Islamic Thought. She has presented papers at local and international conferences on inter-faith relations. She is currently holding the post as a Deputy Dean (Student Affairs) at the Kuliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS) of IIUM. Among the research completed were; “Building Taxanomy on Usuluddin & Comparative Religion” for the IIUM Library, and “Suspension of Judgment and Affirmation of The Truth:Al-Faruqi’s Meta-Religion Principles Revisited.” She has been actively involved in organizing seminars and workshops for the faculty and she is currently involved in organizing the first International conference on Contemporary Scholarship on Islam: Japanese Contribution to Islamic Studies – The Legacy of Toshihiko Izutsu (IZUTSU) which is to be held on the 5th-7th August 2008. The author works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Usuluddin & Comparative Religion, Kuliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Human Science, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

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