Prophet and the Messiah: An Arab Christian's Perspective on Islam and Christianity


In an age of media distortion and widespread stereotypes, Christians and Muslims need a greater understanding of each other's faith.

What do Christians believe about the Bible?

What do Muslims believe about the Qur'an?

And what do both Christianity and Islam have to say about Jesus and Muhammad?

In this evenhanded and conciliatory book Chawkat Moucarry calls Christians and ...

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In an age of media distortion and widespread stereotypes, Christians and Muslims need a greater understanding of each other's faith.

What do Christians believe about the Bible?

What do Muslims believe about the Qur'an?

And what do both Christianity and Islam have to say about Jesus and Muhammad?

In this evenhanded and conciliatory book Chawkat Moucarry calls Christians and Muslims to engage in genuine dialogue, urging them to relate to each other with true humility and respect. In a straightforward fashion he describes and compares the central doctrines of Christianity and Islam, explaining key beliefs and debunking common misconceptions.

Christians who read this book will learn much about Islam. Likewise, Muslims who read it will discover why Christians are convinced of the truth of Christianity. Sure to provide grist for informed discussions, this rare book is one that both Muslims and Christians can fruitfully study together.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Historically, Christians and Muslims have had a troubled relationship, and these two books nobly aim to generate a dialog between the two faiths. Between the Cross and Crescent successfully contrasts the lives of Malcolm X Shabazz and Martin Luther King Jr. and mostly resolves the creative tension between those leaders' philosophies. Baldwin (religious studies, Vanderbilt Univ.) has deep roots in the African-American Christian tradition, and Al-Hadid (Africana studies, Tennessee State Univ.) is a Sunni Muslim. They have written a contrapuntal biography to stress the importance of interfaith dialog and a Pan-African perspective, and to celebrate community as the highest ideal. Freedom, family, gender roles, democracy, and globalization are the major themes in this publication, the second in the publisher's "History of African American Religions" series. The Prophet & the Messiah is an equally remarkable book. Whereas the Martin/Malcolm title was written primarily from a sociocultural perspective, this one employs a religious viewpoint, intermingling East/West and sophic/mantic perspectives. Moucarry (Islamic studies, All Nations Christian Coll., England) was born in Syria, has lived in both Muslim and Christian communities, and received a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne. Although he is respectful of and sensitive to both religions, he clearly makes the case for the truth of Christianity, at the same time assuring the reader that absolute impartiality does not exist anyway. His 20 chapters include discussions of the Scriptures, key doctrines (e.g., Godhead, sin and salvation), Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and contemporary issues. Helpful appendixes list Muslim theologians and mystics and show a historical time line of Christian-Muslim relations. Although Moucarry's book was written for evangelical Christian readers and Baldwin/Al-Hadid's for college students, they both carry the message to any believer that there is one God, one humanity, one world. Both titles are highly recommended for general and student readerships in public and academic libraries. Gary P. Gillum, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830823154
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 837,225
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Moucarry was born in Syria and has lived in both Muslim and Christian communities. He earned his doctorate in Islamic studies from the University of Sorbonne (Paris) and is now a tutor and lecturer in Islamic studies at All Nations Christian College in England. Moucarry is also the author of Islam and Christianity at the Crossroads.
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Table of Contents

Transliteration of Arabic Words
Introduction: From Mutual Ignorance to Genuine DialoguePart 1: The Scriptures
1. The Bible and the Qur'an
2. Have the Scriptures Been Falsified?
3. The Hadith and Falsification
4. What Has Been Falsified?
5. Why the Biblical Text Has Not Been FalsifiedPart 2: Key Doctrines
6. The Greatness of God
7. The Problem of Sin
8. The Meaning of Salvation
9. The Kingdom of GodPart 3: Jesus Christ
10. The Crucifixion: Illusion or Reality?
11. Peter and the Crucifixion
12. Evidence for Jesus' Death and Resurrection
13. The Servant King
14. Titles for Jesus in the Qur'an and the Bible
15. Is Jesus the Son of God?
16. Jesus' Claims in the Gospels
17. Islamic Interpretation of Jesus' ClaimsPart 4: Muhammad
18. Proof of Muhammad's Prophethood: The Qur'an and Other Miracles
19. Proof of Muhammad's Prophethood: Perfect Law and Political Success
20. Do the Scriptures Foretell the Coming of Muhammad?
21. Is Muhammad God's Prophet?
22. Is There Revelation in Islam?Part 5: Contemporary Issues
23. Israel or Palestine?
24. Love the Immigrant As Yourself
Conclusion: One God, One Humanity, One World
Appendix A: Muslim Theologians and Mystics
Appendix B: Time-line of Christian-Muslim Relations
General Index
Index of Qur'anic References
Index of Bible References
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