Synopses & Reviews
'From dawn to after sunset the clock in the mosque punctuates the life of Islam with the consciousness of God.' First published in 1956, The Call of the Minaret remains one of the most acclaimed works in the field of Muslim-Christian relations. Now Kenneth Cragg brings the discussion into the twenty-first century in this third edition of his seminal work, complete with new material including an updated bibliography. Taking the Muslim call to prayer as his starting point, the author unravels the significance of the muezzin's haunting cry, considering prophethood, prayer, politics and community to present a more complete understanding of Islam. It becomes clear that the Islamic call to prayer transcends the boundaries of religion, containing a summons for Christians and Muslims alike. Drawing upon both scholarship and his own abiding spirituality, Kenneth Cragg's study of the two faiths pays homage to both, drawing them out of the shadows of enmity and into the light of mutual understanding.
Kenneth Cragg is a distinguished scholar of Islamic and Christian studies. In this book, his most critically acclaimed and seminal work, he draws Muslim-Christian relations out of the shadows of hostile wariness and into an enlightened realm of mutual understanding and a more profound appreciation of faith.
With the Islamic Call to Prayer as his starting point, the author embarks on a spiritual journey that opens with an insightful and thought-provoking consideration of the Islamic tradition and reveals the true nature of Muslim-Christian relations. His conclusion -- that the Call to Prayer holds a call to both Christian and Muslim believers -- fuses the two faiths in a profoundly spiritual and deeply moving manner, while the combination of scholarly brilliance and the author's true, abiding faith makes this an unforgettable volume.
First published in 1956, The Call of the Minaret remains one of the most acclaimed works in the field of Muslim-Christian relations. The author reveals that the Muslim call to prayer contains a summons for Christians and Muslims alike.
Using the Islamic call to prayer as his starting point, Bishop Cragg takes a look at the Muslim and Christian traditions. he concludes with the fusion of the two faiths in spiritual harmony.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-353) and index.