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Theological or sociological?

Reader comment on item: Are Muslims Fatalists?

Submitted by Jason P (United States), Oct 3, 2015 at 08:04

Daniel, you make a good case for the view that fatalism is sociological. Those that have long lived under authoritarian rule feel helpless and take solice in the doctrine of fatalism. It appears that religions in general, with their view of an all powerful God as an authority figure, help underwrite such resignation. As Islam has long been subject to authoritarian regimes, one can hardly expect more.

Nevertheless, I'm overjoyed to read about histrocial figures who opposed falatism. I thought they were far fewer and had no traction within the tradition. Quite an enjoyable article that I'll have to read again.


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