Scriptural Polemics: The Quran and Other Religions

Hardcover | June 16, 2014

byMunim Sirry

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A number of passages in the Qur'an contain doctrinal and cultural criticism of Jews and Christians, from exclusive salvation and charges of Jewish and Christian falsification of revelation to cautions against the taking of Jews and Christians as patrons, allies, or intimates. Mun'im Sirryoffers a novel exploration of these polemical passages, which have long been regarded as obstacles to peaceable interreligious relations, through the lens of twentieth-century tafsir (exegesis). He considers such essential questions as: How have modern contexts shaped Muslim reformers' understandingof the Qur'an, and how have the reformers' interpretations recontextualized these passages? Can the Qur'an's polemical texts be interpreted fruitfully for interactions among religious communities in the modern world? Sirry also reflects on the various definitions of apologetic or polemic as relevant sacred texts and analyzes reformist tafsirs with careful attention to argument, literary context, and rhetoric in order to illuminate the methods, positions, and horizons of the exegeses. Scriptural Polemics providesboth a critical engagement with the tafsirs and a lucid and original sounding of Qur'anic language, logic, and dilemmas, showing how the dynamic and varied reformist intepretations of these passages open the way for a less polemical approach to other religions.

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A number of passages in the Qur'an contain doctrinal and cultural criticism of Jews and Christians, from exclusive salvation and charges of Jewish and Christian falsification of revelation to cautions against the taking of Jews and Christians as patrons, allies, or intimates. Mun'im Sirryoffers a novel exploration of these polemical pa...

Mun'im Sirry is Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199359369

ISBN - 13:9780199359363

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Qur'an and Modern Tafsira. Islamic Reform, Tafsir, and Religious Diversityb. Reformist Muslim Approach to Medieval Qur'an Commentariesc. Concluding Remarks2. Towards Understanding the Qur'an's Polemical Textsa. The Qur'an and Its Polemical Contextb. The Ambiguity of Qur'anic Criticismsc. Is the Qur'an Supersessionist?d. Concluding Remarks3. Contesting the Theology of Exclusivist Salvationa. Al-Islam as the Only True Path to Salvationb. Between Inclusive and Exclusive Islamc. Re-Interpreting the Superiority of Islamd. Concluding Remarks4. The Falsification of Jewish and Christian Scripturesa. The Charge of Scriptural Distortionb. The Concealment of Truthc. Between Twisting the Tongues and Writing the Book with Handsd. Concluding Remarks5. Qur'anic Denials of Sonship, Human-Divinity and Trinitya. ''Son of God''b. The Divine Nature of Jesusc. Trinitarian Doctrined. Concluding Remarks6. Inter-Religious Restrictions and Engagementsa. Treatment of Non-Muslim Dhimmisb. Friendship with the Unbelieversc. Obstacles to Inter-Religious Relationsd. Concluding RemarksConclusionBibliographyIndex