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I thought this question was asked before on meta. but couldn't find a link. So, I am asking it.

Is it on-topic to ask for differences/relation by comparing other religion similar topics?

Something like:

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  • It should be on topic , else then what is the use of the tag "Buddhism"? – Kiran RS Jul 10 '14 at 12:53
  • I don't think that the question specified should be off-topic. It is just asking how Hindu concept of Moksha differs from the Buddhist Niravana concept. Questions asking about Hinduism's explanation of a concept found in other religion (which may or may not be same) should be on-topic. – TheLoneKing Jul 10 '14 at 13:00
  • @Dharmaputhiran please post it as answer.. we will see. :) – Mr_Green Jul 10 '14 at 13:03
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    Brief thought: I think that comparisons with the religions that grew out of Hinduism (i.e. Buddhism, Jainism) should definitely be on-topic. I'm ambivalent about comparisons to other religions (e.g. Christianity, Islam). I'll write a longer answer once I've thought about this more. – senshin Jul 10 '14 at 14:11
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I don't think that the question specified should be off-topic. It is just asking how Hindu concept of Moksha differs from the Buddhist Niravana concept. Questions asking about Hinduism's explanation of a concept found in other religion (which may or may not be same) should be on-topic.

For example, Ramayana is accepted in Jainism and Buddhism also, but in a slightly different version. There are also Thai, Cambodian, Indonesian and Malaysian versions of it. If someone asks a question regarding a particular difference between two such versions, it would definitely be on-topic.

The question mentioned in this post is similar to the above example and is perfectly on-topic.

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