Sacred Texts and Their Interpretations: A Cross-Cultural Analysis

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  • Dr. Farid Ahmed Malik Associate Professor, Department of Islamic Studies, University of Karachi Author


sacred texts, interpretation, cross-cultural analysis, religion, belief systems


The study of sacred texts and their interpretations across cultures serves as a profound lens through which to explore the diversity of human beliefs, values, and traditions. This interdisciplinary endeavor delves into the multifaceted dimensions of religious and cultural phenomena, examining the ways in which sacred texts shape and is shaped by the societies and individuals who revere them. This abstract outlines the key themes, methodologies, and contributions of a comprehensive cross-cultural analysis of sacred texts and their interpretations. Central to this analysis is the recognition of sacred texts as dynamic repositories of cultural memory, moral guidance, and theological insight. Across diverse traditions, from the Abrahamic religions to Hinduism, Buddhism, and beyond, these texts occupy a central position in shaping worldviews, ethical frameworks, and communal identities. However, the meanings attributed to these texts are far from monolithic; rather, they are subject to continual interpretation and reinterpretation within and across cultural contexts. One major focus of this analysis is the role of interpretation in mediating between the timeless wisdom of sacred texts and the ever-evolving realities of human existence. Through a comparative examination of exegetical methods, hermeneutical principles, and interpretive communities, this study elucidates the dynamic interplay between tradition and innovation, continuity and change. Moreover, it investigates the ways in which interpretations of sacred texts intersect with broader social, political, and cultural dynamics, influencing issues such as gender relations, social justice, and interfaith dialogue.