Original Research - Special Collection: Johan Buitendag Festschrift

Expanding our horizons for new discourses about ʾIslām and Islamic living

Sergio S. Scatolini
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 2 | a8864 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i2.8864 | © 2023 Sergio S. Scatolini | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 April 2023 | Published: 16 October 2023

About the author(s)

Sergio S. Scatolini, Department of English Language and Literature, Rustaq College of Education, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Nizwa, Oman; and, Department of Systematic and Historical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; and, Department of Arabistiek en Islamkunde, Faculty of Letteren, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium


This article echoes the calls for systemically revisiting the theo-ontology and epistemology from which discourses on ʾIslām and Islamic living are construed. It highlights some Qurʾānic ideas that could contribute to founding this endeavour and approaches revelation from the Qurʾānic semiotics of divine revelation. Despite referring to the Qurʾānic Text, this contribution is not exegetical.

Contribution: This article represents a reflection on Islamic fundamental theology. Although the revelation of the Qurʾān has ended, the process of reading, interpreting, and living continues.


Anthropocene; European Islam; interreligious dialogue; Islamic reform; Prophet Muḥammad; Qurʾānic semiotic theo-ontology; spiritual ecosystems

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions


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