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Christians, Muslims and Jesus [Hardcover]

Mona Siddiqui
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2 April 2013
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. Christain 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.

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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: 24.1 x 16.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,531 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 "

About the Author

Mona Siddiqui is professor of Islamic and interreligious studies, Divinity School, Edinburgh University, and author of numerous articles on Christian-Muslim themes. Her four previous books include How to Read the Qur'an. She lives in Edinburgh.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Different Faiths 13 Aug 2013
By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An illuminating study 8 Nov 2013
By Roberto
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift for the curious. 10 July 2014
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A perfect gift for someone who needs to know,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is this a thought provoker 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Jun 2014
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Right emphasis on logic and good argumentation
5.0 out of 5 stars 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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3.0 out of 5 stars 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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