Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny: Christian and Muslim Perspectives

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Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny: Christian and Muslim Perspectives is a record of the 2012 Building Bridges seminar for leading Christian and Muslim scholars, convened by Rowan Williams, then Archbishop of Canterbury. The essays in this volume explore what the Bible and Qurʾān — and the Christian and Islamic theological traditions — have to say about death, resurrection, and human destiny. Special attention is given to the writings of al-Ghazali and Dante. Other essays explore the notion of the good death....

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Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny: Christian and Muslim Perspectives is a record of the 2012 Building Bridges seminar for leading Christian and Muslim scholars, convened by Rowan Williams, then Archbishop of Canterbury. The essays in this volume explore what the Bible and Qurʾān — and the Christian and Islamic theological traditions — have to say about death, resurrection, and human destiny. Special attention is given to the writings of al-Ghazali and Dante. Other essays explore the notion of the good death. Funeral practices of each tradition are explained. Relevant texts are included with commentary, as are personal reflections on death by several of the seminar participants. An account of the informal conversations at the seminar conveys a vivid sense of the lively, penetrating, but respectful dialogue which took place. Three short pieces by Rowan Williams provide his opening comments at the seminar and his reflections on its proceedings. The volume also contains an analysis of the Building Bridges Seminar after a decade of his leadership.

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"Contrary to popular opinion, the death of Christian-Muslim dialogue is greatly exaggerated! This record of the eleventh Building Bridges seminar demonstrates the vitality of serious Muslim and Christian engagement over matters of shared interest and concern, particularly over matters of life and death. The chapters in this work are academically sound and the personal reflections intimately profound. This volume demonstrates that it is extremely valuable and possible to build lasting and intimate relationships between Christians and Muslims, and that there is much to be gained through steady and sustained encounters as a continuing process." — David D. Grafton, professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626160309
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,153,722
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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David Marshall is director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies and associate professor of the practice of Christian-Muslim relations, Duke Divinity School, and the academic director of the Building Bridges seminar.

Lucinda Mosher is the faculty associate for interfaith studies, Hartford Seminary, and the assistant academic director of the Building Bridges seminar.

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Table of Contents

Participants

Introduction David Marshall

Preface Rowan Williams

Part I: SurveysDeath, Resurrection, and Human Destiny in the Bible N. T. Wright

Response to N. T. Wright Reza Shah-Kazemi

Response to Reza Shah-Kazemi N. T. Wright

Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny: Qurʾānic and Islamic Perspectives Mona Siddiqui

Response to Mona Siddiqui Jane Dammen McAuliffe

Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny in the Islamic Tradition Asma Afsaruddin

Response to Asma Afsaruddin Gavin D'Costa

Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny in the Christian Tradition Geoffrey Rowell

Response to Geoffrey Rowell Feras Hamza

Dying Well: Christian Faith and Practice Harriet Harris

Response to Harriet Harris Recep Şentürk

A Muslim's Perspective on the Good Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny Sajjad Rizvi

Death and the Love of Life: a Response to Sajjad Rizvi Miroslav Volf

Reflections Rowan Williams

Part II: Texts and Commentaries1 Corinthians 15

St. Paul onthe Resurrection: 1 Corinthians 15 Richard Burridge

Selected Qur'ānic Texts

Commentary on Selected Qur'ānic Texts Muhammad Abdel HaleemSelected Passages from al-Ghazālī's The Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife

Al-Ghazālī on Death Tim WinterSelected Passages from Dante's Divine Comedy

The Afterlife as Presented by Dante Alighieri in The Divine Comedy Dennis McAuliffeSelected Passages from Journey to the Afterlife

Muslim Funerals Musharraf HussainContemporary Funeral Liturgy in the Church of England

Christian Funerals Michael IpgraveConversations in Canterbury David MarshallAfterword Rowan WilliamsPersonal Reflections on Death

A Decade of Appreciative Conversation: The Building Bridges Seminar Under Rowan Williams Lucinda Mosher

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