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1. Adherence to the explicit sense of a given text or doctrine.
2. Literal portrayal; realism.

lit′er·al·ist n.
lit′er·al·is′tic adj.
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He said Muslim migrants coming to the UK should reject the "dark age ideologies which many of them bring" through a literalist interpretation of the Koran.
many observers worried the result would be soaked in an evangelical or even literalist understanding of Christianity.
As Rollin Dillinger, a Deacon at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Wichita, put it, "We're not literalist.
However, within the broad group of Christians, Protestants (including those who generically refer to themselves as "Christian") lean toward the literalist view, while Catholics divide evenly between seeing the Bible as the literal word of God and saying it is a book of stories.
Yet in Britain, growing numbers of educated women--often converts or from less conservative Muslim backgrounds--are actively choosing to embrace Salafism's literalist beliefs and strict regulations, including heavy veiling, wifely obedience, and seclusion from non-related men.
Leon Wieseltier's comment on Daniel Dennett extends to the "new atheism" as a whole: "Like many of the fundamentalists whom he despises, he is a literalist in matters of religion.
They can no longer close their eyes to the terrible damage that Islamic literalist narratives have wrought both in the Muslim world and beyond.
Salafism has become associated with literalist, strict and puritanical approaches to Islam and (particularly in the West) with the Salafi jihadists, who espouse offensive jihad as a legitimate expression of Islam against those they deem to be enemies of Islam.
He said: In that classification, we find different categories -- legalist, traditionalist, revolutionary and literalist.
This paper shows, on the contrary, that Taurus's argument for the sempitemity of the cosmos is a literalist one, relying on a strict linguistic analysis of Timaeus 28b6-8.
Saudi Arabia is not a good place to be a member of a religious minority, and Shiites, in particular, are considered heretics under the Salafist doctrine - the literalist version of Sunni Islam that is the official ideology of the kingdom.
Experts do say the schools focus on teaching an interpretation of Islam that is rooted in Salafism, a conservative Sunni movement that promotes, in some cases, a literalist understanding of Islam.