Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God's Name

Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God's Name

by Mona Siddiqui


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A groundbreaking examination of a crucial concept in Islamic thought and tradition from an author noted for her work on interfaith and intercultural dialogue

Considering its prominent role in many faith traditions, surprisingly little has been written about hospitality within the context of religion, particularly Islam. In her new book, Mona Siddiqui, a well-known media commentator, makes the first major contribution to the understanding of hospitality both within Islam and beyond. She explores and compares teachings within the various Muslim traditions over the centuries, while also drawing on materials as diverse as Islamic belles lettres, Christian reflections on almsgiving and charity, and Islamic and Western feminist writings on gender issues. Applying a more theological approach to the idea of mercy as a fundamental basis for human relationships, this book will appeal to a wide audience, particularly readers interested in Islam, ethics, and religious studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300223620
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 3.00(d)

About the Author

Mona Siddiqui, OBE, is professor of Islamic and interreligious studies at the University of Edinburgh's Divinity School.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

A Note on Presentation xi

Introduction 1

1 Scriptural reflections on hospitality 20

2 Ghazali and others on hospitality 73

3 Divine hospitality 121

4 Men, women and relationships of hospitality 173

5 Personal reflections on hospitality 216

Notes 244

Bibliography 259

Index 266

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