Mary in the Qur’an

Mary in the Qur'an


Friend of God, Virgin, Mother

by Muna Tatari and Klaus von Stosch
translated by Peter Lewis

Format: Royal Hardback
Published: November 2021
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9781909942622


Mary in the Qurʾan is a splendid example of comparative theology at its best: clear and straightforward, dutifully attentive to history and to textual evidence, respectful of both communities’ distinctive sensitivities, yet constructive in its conclusions today.’
– Francis Clooney, Harvard University

‘Mary in the Qurʾan offers a groundbreaking example of how to engage in comparative theology in a reciprocal way. Through their mutual interrogation and creative collaboration, Muna Tatari and Klaus von Stosch succeed in shedding significant new light on the role and meaning of the figure of Mary in both the Muslim and the Christian traditions.’  
– Catherine Cornille, Boston College

An entire surah of the Qurʾan bears her name. She is the only woman mentioned by name in the Qurʾan indeed; her name appears more frequently than that of either Muhammad or Jesus. From the earliest times to the present day, Mary has continued to be held in high regard by Christians and Muslims alike. And yet Mary has also been the cause of much rancour and tension between these two world religions. In this groundbreaking study, Muna Tatari and Klaus von Stosch painstakingly reconstruct the picture of Mary that is presented in the Qurʾan and show how veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Roman Catholic Church intersects and interacts with the testimony of the Qurʾan. Their sensitive and scholarly treatise is an important contribution to constructive interfaith dialogue in the 21st century.

Muna Tatari read Islamic Studies and Theology at the universities of Hamburg and Amman. She is currently Professor of Islamic Systematic Theology at the University of Paderborn.

Klaus von Stosch is Professor of Catholic Theology and Didactics and Chair of the Centre for Comparative Theology and Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn.

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