An Epistemology for Listening across Religious, Cultural, and Political Divides

Here is my Author’s Original preprint manuscript of “An Epistemology for Listening across Religious, Cultural, and Political Divides,” which is forthcoming in a volume titled Engaging Populism: Democracy and the Intellectual Virtues, edited by Gregory R. Peterson, Michael Berhow, and George Tsakiridis. Publication information will be added here soon.

The essay stems from two decades of reflection on my scholarship and teaching in the field of Islamic studies. That thinking was first articulated somewhat autobiographically, with a focus on pedagogy, in a paper called “Sacrificial Listening: Christians, Muslims, and the Secular University.” It was fleshed out more systematically in “Sacrificial Listening: An Epistemology and Pedagogy for Intellectual Humility in the Humanities.” Here I attempt to sharpen its philosophical grounding, frame it in terms of intellectual virtues, and broaden its application to include the understanding of Others across political lines.

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