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Amir Dastmalchian
Canterbury Christ Church University
  1. Religious Ambiguity in Hick’s Religious Pluralism.Amir Dastmalchian - 2009 - International Journal of Hekmat 1:75-89.
    Much has been said on the religious pluralism of John Hick but little attention has been given to a key step in his argument for religious pluralism. This key step is the observation that the universe is religiously ambiguous. Hick himself is ambiguous about what he means by ‘religious ambiguity’. In this essay I will attempt to rectify this ambiguity by analysing the notion of ‘religious ambiguity’ and arguing what interpretation of this term Hick must commit himself to.
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  2. The Epistemology of Religious Diversity in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion.Amir Dastmalchian - 2013 - Philosophy Compass 8 (3):298-308.
    Religious diversity is a key topic in contemporary philosophy of religion. One way religious diversity has been of interest to philosophers is in the epistemological questions it gives rise to. In other words, religious diversity has been seen to pose a challenge for religious belief. In this study four approaches to dealing with this challenge are discussed. These approaches correspond to four well-known philosophers of religion, namely, Richard Swinburne, Alvin Plantinga, William Alston, and John Hick. The study is concluded by (...)
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  3. Hick’s Theory of Religion and the Traditional Islamic Narrative.Amir Dastmalchian - 2014 - Sophia 53 (1):131-144.
    This article considers the traditional Islamic narrative in the light of the theory of religion espoused by John Hick (1922–2012). We see how the Islamic narrative changes on a Hickean understanding of religion, particularly in the light of the ‘bottom-up’ approach and trans-personal conception of the religious ultimate that it espouses. Where the two readings of Islam appear to conflict, I suggest how they can be reconciled. I argue that if Hick’s theory is incompatible with Islamic belief, then this incompatibility (...)
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  4. Review of The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity Ed. Chad Meister, 2011. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2012 - Religious Studies 48 (3):420-423.
  5. Review of The Quran and the Secular Mind: A Philosophy of Islam, Shabbir Akhtar, 2008. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2010 - Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies 3 (4):498-501.
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  6. Review of Disagreement, Richard Feldman & Ted A. Warfield (Eds.), 2010. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2012 - Religious Studies 48 (1):119-122.
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    Lessons for Religious Dialogue From a Philosophical Disagreement: Alston and Schellenberg on Religious Commitment.Amir Dastmalchian - 2017 - Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies 14:55-66.
    A disagreement between two philosophers, William Alston and J. L. Schellenberg, on the matter of religious commitment serves to exemplify an important difference between religious believers and religious sceptics. The disagreement occurs in the context of a discussion over the plausibility of Alston’s doxastic practice approach as applied to religious belief. I argue that a close reading of Alston and Schellenberg shows that they do not, despite what they may think, differ greatly from each other. I conclude by drawing some (...)
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    Robert McKim, On Religious Diversity. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2015 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 7 (4):247--249.
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  9. Swinburne’s View of the Islamic Revelation.Amir Dastmalchian - 2008 - Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies 1 (4):95-106.
    Swinburne gives reasons for a religious enquirer to disregard the Islamic revelation and to accept the exclusive superiority of the Christian revelation. This essay attempts to explain Swinburne’s reasoning. An attempt is also made to explain what the Islamic revelation is. I argue that on Swinburne’s own account, the Islamic revelation should not be sidelined in favour of the Christian revelation.
     
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  10. Islam, Science, and Cognitive-Propositionalism.Amir Dastmalchian - 2014 - Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective.
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    Richard Feldman and Ted A. Warfield Disagreement. . Pp. X+291. £50.00 , £18.99 . ISBN 978 0 19 922607 8 , 978 0 19 922608 5. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2012 - Religious Studies 48 (1):119-122.
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    Richard Feldman and Ted A. Warfield Disagreement. . Pp. X+291. £50.00 , £18.99 . ISBN 978 0 19 922607 8 , 978 0 19 922608 5. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2012 - Religious Studies 48 (1):119-122.
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    Chad Meister (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Pp. Xii+456. £95.00/$150.00 (Hbk). ISBN 978 0 19 534013 6. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2012 - Religious Studies 48 (3):420-423.
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    Teaching & Learning Guide For: The Epistemology of Religious Diversity in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion.Amir Dastmalchian - 2013 - Philosophy Compass 8 (4):409-412.
  15. Swinburne on the Atonement: Reflections on Philosophical Theology and Religious Dialogue.Amir Dastmalchian - 2012 - Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue (10):49-60.
    This study examines an important part of Richard Swinburne’s case for the plausibility of Christianity, namely his Atonement theory. My examination begins by presenting Swinburne’s theory before alluding to the many criticisms it has attracted. I conclude with some lessons which can be learnt about philosophical theology and its use in interreligious dialogue. My main contention is that if philosophical theology is going to be used for inter-religious dialogue, then it should not be used with the expectation that disagreements will (...)
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  16. Introducing Islam by William Shepard, 2009 and An Introduction to Islam by David Waines, 2003. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2011 - Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies 4:234-239.
     
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  17. Literature Review: Teaching Western Philosophy to Students of Islamic Studies. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2012 - Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies 5 (3):317-330.
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  18. Review of Political Islam, Iran, and the Enlightenment: Philosophies of Hope and Despair by Ali Mirsepassi, 2011. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2011 - AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ISLAMIC SOCIAL SCIENCES 28 (3):148-150.
  19. Religious Diversity in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion: The ‘Ambiguity’ Objection to Epistemic Exclusivism.Amir Dastmalchian - 2009 - Dissertation, King's College London
    The topic of the thesis is the challenge that religious diversity poses to religious belief. A key issue to be resolved is whether a reasonable person may believe in the epistemic superiority of any one religious ideology in the light of religious diversity. -/- After introducing the issues, I examine Richard Swinburne’s, and then Alvin Plantinga’s, view on religious diversity. These two philosophers both advocate religious epistemic exclusivism, the view that only one religious ideology is true to the exclusion of (...)
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  20. The Quran and the Secular Mind: A Philosophy of Islam by Shabbir Akhtar, 2007. [REVIEW]Amir Dastmalchian - 2010 - Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies 3:498-501.
     
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