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Zealotry

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Author(s): El-Awa, Salwa M.S.
Religious and/or political fanaticism. The main qurʾānic stand on zealotry is expressed in q 2:143 where the Muslim community is described as a “community of the middle,” a community that is “in the middle between any two extremes,” thereby assigning to its members the responsibility of maintaining a community that is just and moderate in all its beliefs and practices (Quṭb, Ẓilāl, 130-2; see ¶ moderation ). This characteristic is, according to the exegetes (see exegesis of the qurʾān: classical and medieval ), what makes the Muslim community the “best community” applauded in q 3:110, “…