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Author Kuschel, Karl-Josef, 1948- author

Title Christmas and the Qur'an / Karl-Josef Kuschel ; [translated from the German by Simon Pare]
Published London : Gingko Library, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 159 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : color illustrations
Summary The story of Christmas-familiar and heart-warming, a story of hope and peace encapsulated by the birth of the infant Jesus-is also a story that unites two faiths often at odds with one another. Luke and Matthew's accounts of the Nativity in the Bible find their detailed parallels in Surah 19 and Surah 3 of the Qur'an.From this starting point, Karl-Josef Kuschel begins to look for Christmas in the Qur'an; a challenge for both Christians and Muslims to engage in a deeper dialogue about the fundamental questions of their faiths. By going back to the word, this detailed analysis of the original texts in both the New Testament and the Qur'an provides a revealing-and timely-new perspective for interreligious dialogue.
Contents Foreword to the English edition -- Prologue: Christians and Muslims Meet at Christmas -- I. The Birth of Jesus in the New Testament. 1. The primary sources. God's peace on Earth: the story accounding to Luke -- A child of the Holy Spirit: the story according to Matthew -- 2. How the birth stories differ. Christmas Oratorios: Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach -- Different settings -- Different chronology -- The differing roles of John the Baptist -- Differing versions of the birth of Jesus -- 3. The primary message. Nothing is impossible for God -- Disruption: the power of the spirit of God -- A signal to Israel and the Gentiles -- 4. No world peace without world justice. A Messiah in the manger -- What sets Jesus apart from Buddha and Lao-tzu -- Roman domination seen from Bethlehem -- Jerusalem's hegemony from the perspective of the babe in the manger -- II. The Birth of Muhammad. 1. How Muslims read the New Testament. Muslims criticise Christian contradictions -- Contra the missionary propagandists -- 2. The origins of the Prophet. The first biography of the Prophet -- Miraculous signs during the conception and pregnancy -- Miraculous signs during and after the birth -- Muhammad- a historic event -- Muslim 'Christmas' -- III. The Birth of John the Baptist in the Qur'an. 1. The 'John' Sura in Mecca: 19:2-15. The primary message of the Qur'an -- John's miraculous birth -- Comparing John in Luke's Gospel and the Qur'an -- 2. The 'case of John'- a new interpretation in Medina: Sura 3. Conflict with the Jews in Medina -- Comparing the 'John' suras -- 3. Comparing John in the New Testament and the Qur'an. Not a 'forerunner' but a parallel figure to Jesus -- A demonstration of the power of the Creator -- IV. Mary, God's Chosen One. 1. Mary as the mother of Jesus: Sura 19. The spirit of God appears to Mary -- Comparing the birth stories in Luke and the Qur'an -- Mary's withdrawal- making herself available for God -- Spiritual, rather than sexual, conception -- Palm-tree and stream: Mary in Egypt? -- Re-enacting the fate of Hagar -- 2. Mary's birth and childhood: Sura 3. Mary as a means of criticising the Jews -- Early Christian parallels -- Mary's election by God -- Spiritual conception and virgin birth -- The only woman mentioned by name in the Qur'an -- 3. The cult of Mary in Islam. Reflecting on Mary with Muslims -- The legendary House of Mary at Ephesus -- A place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims -- Benedict XVI's visit to the House of Mary in 2006 -- How modern Muslim women see Mary -- V. The Birth of Jesus in the Qur'an. 1. The birth of Jesus as a 'sign of God': Mecca, Sura 19. Conceived by God's creative power -- Consoling words from the new-born baby to its mother -- What is meant by Jesus being 'a servant of God'? -- Not 'domineering or graceless' -- It would not befit God to have a child -- An heir to the great Prophets -- 2. Controversy about Jesus: Medina, Sura 3. What the angels tell Mary about Jesus -- How the Qur'an interprets Jesus' miracles -- A short summary of the Qur'an's representation of Jesus -- 3. Comparing the birth stories. What the New Testament and the Qur'an have in common -- Where the New Testament and the Qur'an differ -- VI. A Call for Dialogue. 1. A common word. The key passage in the Qur'an: Sura 3:64 -- A model of understanding -- 2. The Document of the 138. Conclusions for Muslims and Christians -- Suspicions about the document -- Critical questions -- Consensus about Jesus? -- 3. Christians and Islam's Holy Night -- Common tasks for the future -- The Night of Decree -- Exchanging messages of peace -- Epilogue: The 'Mary' Sura and the Example of Ethiopia -- References -- Bibliography -- Notes
Notes "First published in German as Weihnachten und der Koran by Karl-Josef Kuschel"--Title page verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-159)
Notes Translated from German
Print version record
Subject Jesus Christ -- In the Qurʼan.
Jesus Christ -- Nativity.
Nativity of Jesus Christ.
Form Electronic book
Genre/Form RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Islam / General
Author Pare, Simon, translator
ISBN 1909942065 (electronic bk.)
9781909942066 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Weihnachten und der Koran. English