Sat, November 3rd, 02:15 PM
03:00 PM

Nonviolent Social Hermeneutics: Reimagining the Art of Interpretation

Room 713A
M.K. Gandhi, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Martin Luther King Jr., Thich Nhat Hahn, and others practiced what might be called “nonviolent social hermeneutics” in which each interpreter offered a powerful new reading of traditional religious scriptures, concepts and practices. This paper will explore their revolutionary hermeneutics in which each reaffirmed central principles while providing fresh contextual applications and interpreting material related to combat with external foes on a spiritual and allegorical level. In doing so, each also redefined and reconceptualized notions of love, self and the necessity to self-critique one’s own understanding and tradition.