Ren and Imán: A Comparative Approach to Confucian and Islamic Virtues
Kenan Cetinkaya

This paper questions the possible inclination of the two terms’ dialogical perspective. These terms are: ren (humaneness) and imán (faith). By comparing the two significant concepts in Confucianism and Islam, it is showed that even though they symbolize and articulate different virtues in their cultural context, their impacts on the other external virtues such as practicing the rituals and being a trustworthy believer are very similar. Their equally remarkable power on the external virtues which lead the believer toward being a harmonious member of society can be conceptualized as an instrument for dialogue between the Confucians and the Muslims.

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