1st Edition

Muslim-Christian Encounters

Edited By Mona Siddiqui
    1356 Pages
    by Routledge

    While the subject of Christian-Muslim or Muslim-Christian interaction is still not a traditional or systematic discipline, interest in the encounter of these two religions has grown considerably over the last decade. Historians, including historians of Islam and Christianity have always been interested in the civilizational meeting of the two religions, in conflict or in times of peace. This includes aspects of post-colonial studies, which incorporate cultural, literary and political writings which consider the intellectual and social ruptures in so much of the Islamic world in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Theologians however have only recently begin to appreciate the amount of material which illustrates the extent to which Christians and Muslims wrote about one another’s faith and spoke of each other in a variety of contexts in both polemical and eirenic terms. These resources serve to enrich the understanding of one’s own faith and the changing historical relationship with the other.

    Today, Muslim-Christian is often understood as Islam/West where the Christianity and secularism are either conflated or Christianity subsumed within the larger cultural framework of the west. Either way, Islam is a foreign presence and its points of reference not easily assimilated in the narrative of a Judaeo-Christian West. Nevertheless this has created an interesting intellectual and scholarly dynamic in a wide range of disciplines. This includes ethics, politics, gender studies and the emergence of an `interfaith’ literature which is increasingly used in scholarly as well as grass roots settings.

     The collection will comprise around sixty pre-published journal articles and some book chapters. Each volume will contain around 15 articles/chapters. The articles will be secondary sources analysing the works of individual Christian and Muslim scholars, so will not be extracts of primary material thought it is hoped that the majority will contain some primary material. Volume One will contain an Introduction to the whole collection.

    The volumes will provide a unique and rich reflection of Muslim-Christian encounter. This work will introduce the scholar and the student to the variety of approaches people of faith/no faith have taken to thinking about the two religions. The volumes will cover doctrine, interfaith practice as theory and lived realities and philosophical and literary themes and approaches.

    VOLUME 1 THEOLOGY: 1 Adelbert Davids and Pim Valkenberg, `John of Damascus: The Heresy of the Ishmaelites', 2 Heikki Raisanen, `The Portrait of Jesus in the Qur'an:Reflections of a Biblical Scholar', 3 Sidney H. Griffith, `When Did the Bible Become an Arabic Scripture?' 4 Cynthia Villagomez, `Christian Salvation Through Muslim Domination: Divine Punishment and Syriac Apocalyptic Expectation in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries', 5 Mahmoud Ayoub, `Toward an Islamic Christology II: The Death of Jesus, Reality or Delusion', 6 Mary Thurkill, `Odors of Sanctity: Distinctions of the Holy in Early Christianity and Islam', 7 David H Vila, `Arab Christians and Islam: Conflicts and Contributions', 8 David Thomas, `Christian Borrowings from Islamic Theology in the Classical Period: The Witness of al-Juwayni and Abu l-Qasim al-Ansari' 9S. M. Ghazanfar, `The Economic Thought of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and st. Thomas Aquinas: Some Comparative Parallels and Links', 10 Paul Rout `St Francis of Assisi and Islam: A Theological Perspective on a Christian-Muslim Encounter', 11 Sophia Menache, `When Jesus met Mohammed in the Holy Land: Attitudes toward the "Other" in the Crusader Kingdom', 12 Scott Aikin and Jason Aleksander, `Nicholas of Cusa's De pace fidei and the Meta-exclusivism of Religious Pluralism', 13 Adam Francisco, Martin Luther and Islam, A Study in 16th Century Polemics and Apologetics 14 Axel Takacs, 'Mary and Muhammad: Bearers of the Word - Their Roles in Divine Revelation', 15 F. E. Peters, `The Quest of the Historical Muhammad'. VOLUME II POLITICS AND DIALOGUE 16 Between Muslim and Christian worlds: Moriscas and identity in early modern Spain 17 Bad bread and the "outrageous drunkenness of the Turks": food and identity in the accounts of early modern European travelers to the Ottoman Empire 18 Polemic dialogues between Christians and Muslims in the seventeenth century 19 Jamal ad- Din Afghani: a pioneer of Islamic Modernism 20 The Allah of Islam and the God of Jesus Christ 21 Extracts from The Christian Message in a Non- Christian World 22 he authenticity and authority of Islam: Muhammad Rashid Rida’s response to twentieth- century missionary publications 23 Christianity and world religions: the dialogue with Islam as one model 24 A comparative study of selected themes in Christian and Islamic fundamentalist discourses 25 Karl Barth and Islam 26 With my face to the rising sun: Islam and the construction of Afro- Christian tradition in the United States 27 Double standards? Veils and crucifixes in the European legal order 28 Lakum dīnukum wa- liya dīnī: the Muhammadiyah’s stance towards interfaith relations 29 Inter- religious dialogue in Syria: politics, ethics and miscommunication 30 Confronting the “axis of evil”: Christian dispensationalism, politics and American society post- 9/11 31 The quest for ‘A Common Word’: initial Christian responses to a Muslim initiative. VOLUME III WOMEN, SOCIETY AND IDENTITY:c32 Food and meaning: Christian understandings of Muslim food and food ways in Spain, 1250–1550 33 Islam, capitalism and the Weber theses 34 Religious liberty: a common challenge for Catholic–Muslim dialogue 35 Institutions, the rise of commerce and the persistence of laws: interest restrictions in Islam and Christianity 36 Forbidden intimacies: Christian–Muslim intermarriage in East Kalimantan, Indonesia 37 On the bodies of women: the common ground between Islam and Christianity in Nigeria 38 One family, two religions: child belief or child grief in Christian–Muslim families? 39 Pedagogies of piety: comparing young observant Muslims and Christians in the Netherlands 40 Of refrains and rhythms in contemporary Damascus: urban space and Christian–Muslim coexistence 41 The Virgin between Christianity and Islam: sainthood, media, and modernity in Egypt 42 Christian–Muslim experiences in Poland 43 Fuelling the flames: Boko Haram and deteriorating Christian–Muslim relations in Nigeria 44 The racialization of Muslim converts in Britain and their experiences of Islamophobia 45 Where to now? Ways forward for interreligious dialogue: images of Abraham as models of interreligious encounter 46 From practice to polemic: shared saints and festivals as ‘women’s religion’ in the medieval Mediterranean. VOLUME IV LITERATURE AND THE ARTS: 47 Images of Jesus in the literatures of Pakistan 48 Images of Christ in Arabic literature 49 Rachel, Mary, and Fatima 50 Al-Ghazālī and Schopenhauer on knowledge and suffering 51 The night journey (al-isrāʾ) and ascent (al-miʿrāj) of Muhammad in medieval Muslim and Christian perspectives 52 Comparative mysticism and the problem of interpretation: Rumi and Meister Eckhart 53 Pride and prejudice in medieval studies: European and Oriental 54 "[T]he Beauteous Scarf": Shakespeare and the "Veil Question" 55 The sacred, (in)visibility, and communication: an inter-religious dialogue between Goethe and Hāfez 56 Philosophers, theologians, and the Islamic legacy in Dante: Inferno 4 versus Paradiso 4 57 Uncanny affinities: a translation of Iqbal’s preface to Payam-e Mashriq 58 Nietzsche’s peace with Islam: my enemy’s enemy is my friend 59 Rilke’s Duino angels and the angels of Islam 60 Humanising Islam’s message and messenger in postcolonial literature 61 Prophetics in the key of Allah: towards an understanding of Islam in jazz.


    Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, University of Edinburgh