Islam's Jesus

Islam's Jesus

by Zeki Saritoprak

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Islam's Jesus by Zeki Saritoprak

"Accessible and readable. Spotlights an important theological theme in a way that both illuminates its internal development in Islamic thought and presents it as a helpful basis for interreligious discussion. The topic is very much in need of teaching and discussion and is a fine example of 'common ground. "--John Renard, author of Islam and Christianity

"Contains valuable and fascinating material about how classical Muslim theologians treated various aspects of Jesus and, in particular, the role of Jesus in Islamic eschatology. Saritoprak brings new insights from contemporary Turkish thinkers to bear on the issues raised by the Jesus figure in Islamic narratives about the Last Days. "--Marcia Hermansen, author of Shah Wali Allah's Treatises on Islamic Law

"A refreshingly easy read that makes a complex world of theology and interfaith relations accessible and enjoyable for readers of all backgrounds."--Jonathan Brown, author of Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World

Few people realize that Jesus was a prominent messenger of God in Islam and that Muslims believe in the return of Jesus. Even among Muslims, it is not well known that there are diverse interpretations of references to Jesus in the Qur'an and the Hadith. Aiming to remedy this, Islam's Jesus takes a bold yet candid look at the highly charged topic of Jesus's place in Islam, exploring some of the religion's least understood aspects.

Examining multiple intellectual traditions, Zeki Saritoprak makes clear the reality of pluralism in the history of Islamic religious scholarship. Actively engaged in efforts to promote interfaith dialogue and harmony, Saritoprak thoughtfully argues that the shared belief in Jesus presents an excellent opportunity for understanding between Muslims and Christians. Together, they constitute more than half of the world's population, and such understanding may be a foundation for peace.



Zeki Saritoprak is associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Beddiüzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University. He is the author of numerous works on Islamic theology in English, Turkish, and Arabic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813061788
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 04/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 554,529
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Zeki Saritoprak is associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Beddiüzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University. He is the author of numerous works on Islamic theology in English, Turkish, and Arabic.

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration ix

Introduction xi

1 Jesus as God's Messenger in the Qur'an 1

2 A Qur'anic Perspective on the Eschatological Role of Jesus 22

3 Islamic Eschatology and Jesus as a Sign of the Hour 38

4 The Hadith and Jesus's Eschatological Descent 55

5 Speculations about Jesus's Return 71

6 The Mahdi and Jesus as Allies against al-Dajjal (the Antichrist) 84

7 Literalist Approaches to Jesus's Eschatological Role in Islamic Theology 100

8 Symbolic, Allegorical, and Other Interpretive Approaches to Jesus's Eschatological Role 112

9 Jesus's Descent and Theologies of Muslim-Christian Cooperation 134

Conclusion 157

Appendix 1 Fethullah Giilen on Jesus and Interfaith Dialogue 164

Appendix 2 Excerpts from Muhammed Hamdi Yazir 176

Acknowledgments 183

Notes 185

Bibliography 203

Index 215

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