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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (2 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300169701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300169706
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A charitable, knowledgeable, very readable and personally candid survey of Christian-Muslim interactions and disputes."-Matthew Skinner, The Christian Century -- Matthew Skinner The Christian Century "For a muslim writer to seek new forms of dialogue between Christians and Muslims is an audacious venture. Mona Siddiqui, the well-known academic, broadcaster and interfaith practitioner from the University of Edinburgh, has dared to go where others have feared to tread ... She does so with admirable empathy and a detailed knowledge of Islamic and Christian theological texts, offering an exemplary model of how courageously creative dialogues might be constructed and a new model of interfaith relations advanced ... This book reveals profound learning, but it also shows that searching for dialogue is a great adventure that can become a transformative 'personal and spiritual journey'." -Ursula King, Times Higher Education Supplement -- Ursula King Times Higher Education Supplment "Parts of her book are rigorously academic and arcane, other parts are very personal ... She does not confine her meditations on her own faith to an introduction. Rather, she ambitiously weaves her personal and scholarly views throughout ... The most compelling passages are the personal ones, in which the author sets out some of her own dilemmas ... She writes with clarity and empathy about the core doctrines of Christianity ... But unlike other comparative-religion scholars, she does not paper over the differences between these two global monotheisms."-The Economist The Economist "In this fascinating book [Siddiqui] touches on a central doctrinal difference between the two largest monotheisms: the true nature of Jesus of Nazereth." -Sameer Rahim, The Sunday Telegraph -- Sameer Rahim The Sunday Telegraph "In this enlightening and inspiring book, Mona Siddiqui...discusses how Jesus is both the 'bridge and the barrier' between Christianity and Islam. It is in itself a significant work of inter-faith understanding, and in its account of the historical debates on the role of Jesus in both religions, offers an important model of how such theological dialogues might ideally be conducted without either bigoted intransigence or relativistic self-censoring."-Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday -- Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday "[H]er case is shot through with qualifications, testifying to her honesty and intellectual empathy as well as a depth of scholarship to be expected of the Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at Edinburgh...She [Siddiqui] deserves recognition as one of the most imaginative leaders of contemporary Islamic thought."-Jonathan Benthall, Times Literary Supplement -- Jonathan Benthall Times Literary Supplement

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Mona Siddiqui is professor of Islamic and interreligious studies at the Divinity School, Edinburgh University. She lives in Glasgow.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2013
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Professor Siddiqui has written a number of fine books on Islam, her latest book is a most interesting account of what is common and what separates Christians and Muslims. Never has it been more important to be informed of these commonalities and fissures.

Mona makes it clear that her book represents 'an academic as well as a personal journey'. She has been engaged in Christian-Muslim relationships over many years. She says that she has always wanted to learn more about Christianity in order to 'be challenged in my own Muslim faith'. As she says there are very few Muslims who have 'a theological interest in Christianity (the reverse is also no doubt true).

Professor Mona points out that both faiths have experienced internal schisms, and these have been well documented by many scholars. This book, howeve, is different. It focuses on her own examination of the views and doctrines that both faiths have with regards to Jesus. Can she asks 'the cross have any meaning for a Muslim today'? Her book also aims to provide a 'sourcebook' of the primary sources about Jesus. These are necessarily very technical at times. She examines: divinity, Mary, evil, prophecy, love, sin, redemption and law. Towards the end of the book she reflects on the cross, and what the cross 'says to me as a Muslim'. The book throughout is a mixture of the scholarly objective and the highly personal. Regarding the latter,she admits, despite being a Mulim, to being fascinated by Christianity for most of her adult life

The author makes it clear that her book is not intended to dispel misunderstandings and recriminations. It is essentially to show what Muslim and Christian scholars have been saying over the ages in friendly as well as polemic terms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roberto on 8 Nov 2013
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This is an extraordinarily thorough and unbiased look at the relationship between Islam and Christianity, examining the way in which the two faiths differ, and how they have entered into dialogue with each other. Mona Siddiqui has researched and understood Christian theology from the early Fathers onwards, and at the same time been able to give a lucid account of the thinking of Muslim scholars since the 8th century. The final chapter on the crucifixion is particularly fascinating. It is unusual to find a book so well argued, so eirenic, and so informative.
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A perfect gift for someone who needs to know,
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Skrzynski on 25 Jun 2013
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A good read, trouble is foot notes not up to standard of Robert Greaves's Greek Gods & Myths there they follow each chapter and are not hidden at the end of the book.
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Five Stars 27 Jun 2014
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Right emphasis on logic and good argumentation
This is a good book for my class on the comparisons between Jesus in Islam and Christianity. 10 Mar 2014
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This is a good book for my class on the comparisons between Jesus in Islam and Christianity. I recommend it.
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A fair but very esoteric book with little appeal 11 Sep 2013
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Those concerned with the question of why Christians and Muslims (and Jews as well) do not get along easily will find some but not all of the reasons here. The author confines herself pretty much to the question of Jesus: who he is for Christians and for Muslims. Jesus is clearly not the same for each group; neither is Abraham, the Old Testament prophets, or the Virgin Mary. But the discussion is so esoteric I doubt many readers will come away with profit. Christians have always differed in understanding Jesus' relationship to God the Father but they all, except for Unitarians whose Christian identity is doubtful, have believed he was in some way or other more than a mere man; he was a specially chosen vessel to be the face of God among men. From Jesus as the part of the Godhead to Jesus chosen to be infused with divine purpose in some way, all Christians and no Muslims see him as more than a prophet. Islam sees him as a great prophet but violently rejects him as anything more. The Jews do not even,except for some scholars,have the graciousness to call him a prophet. They are still bitter about the growth of Christianity and the decrepitude of Judaism.

Jews have never been able after the first century to use violence against the believers in Jesus but Muslims have had the power, the will, the desire, and even now the passion to deny the Jesus believed in by Christians and to use violence in pursuit of their theological position. This books seeks harmony but one wonders if harmony is possible between diametrically opposed point of faith. Christians have learned the hard way to be tolerant; Jews have been forced to be tolerant because of their scanty numbers. Muslims have never learned tolerance and I doubt they ever will.
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