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Christians, Muslims, and Jesusby Mona Siddiqui
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Prophet or messiah, the figure of Jesus serves as both the bridge and the barrier between Christianity and Islam. In this accessible and thoughtful book, Muslim scholar and popular commentator Mona Siddiqui takes her reader on a personal, theological journey exploring the centrality of Jesus in Christian-Muslim relations. Christian and Muslim scholars have used Jesus and Christological themes for polemical and dialogical conversations from the earliest days to modern times. The author concludes with her own reflections on the cross and its possible meaning in her Muslim faith.
Through a careful analysis of selected works by major Christian and Muslim theologians during the formative, medieval, and modern periods of both religions, Siddiqui focuses on themes including revelation, prophecy, salvation, redemption, sin, eschatology, law, and love. How did some doctrines become the defining characteristics of one faith and not the other? What is the nature of the theological chasm between Christianity and Islam? With a nuanced and carefully considered analysis of critical doctrines the author provides a refreshingly honest counterpoint to contemporary polemical arguments and makes a compelling contribution to reasoned interfaith conversation.
"Siddiqui, a professor of religion at Edinburgh University's Divinity School, presents a thorough introduction to Christian and Muslim beliefs and dialogue on the subject of Jesus. The book outlines and contrasts Christian and Muslim theology on the definition of prophecy, monotheism, and the nature of God, the life and role of Jesus and Mary, and the tensions between mercy and justice from a loving God. Siddiqui is careful and scholarly throughout, quoting extensively from primary as well as secondary sources, and her sharp scholar's eye and clear prose style are assets as she explores complicated topics like the role of Jesus in Sufism, where he functions as a symbol of the spiritual perfection of humanity. The book's best sections deal with Christian and Muslim theological debates from the early Middle Ages to the present day, from Muslim theologians arguing against the trinity to medieval Christian writers pondering whether Muslims are pagans or heretics; the snippets relayed here are fascinating for historical as well as religious insight. While many of the topics and writers covered here merit an entire book, this concise and intelligent work deserves attention from both academic and popular audiences. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A groundbreaking examination of the way Muslim thinkers have approached and responded to Jesus through the centuries
This groundbreaking book explores the writings of key Muslim and Christian thinkers in their discussion of Jesus's nature and role. in her work on dialogue the author see Christology as imperative to constructive conversations between Christians and Muslims.
About the Author
Mona Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious studies at the Divinity School, Edinburgh University. She is the author of How to Read the Qur'an, The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology and The Routledge Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations. She lives in Glasgow.
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