Christmas and the Qur’an (paperback)
Karl-Josef Kuschel. Translated by Simon Pare.
Format: Pbk, B-Format
Published: October 2020
A highly accessible book written in the spirit of the author’s ‘Abrahamic ecumenism’ to encourage Christians and Muslims to carefully read biblical and qur’anic passages for a better appreciation of each other’s faiths.’ — Prof. Mona Siddiqui, University of Edinburgh
The familiar and heart-warming story of Christmas is one of hope, encapsulated by the birth of the infant Jesus. It is also a story uniting two faiths that have so often been at odds with one another. The accounts of the Nativity given by the Evangelists Luke and Matthew find their parallels in Surahs 3 and 19 of the Qur’an, which take up the Annunciation to Mary, the Incarnation from the Holy Spirit and the Nativity. Christmas and the Qur’an is a sensitive and precise analysis of the Christmas story as it appears both in the Gospels and the Qur’an and shows startling similarities as well as significant differences. Exploring how Christians and Muslims read these scriptures, Kuschel reveals an intertwining legacy that serves as a base for greater understanding.
Karl-Josef Kuschel is Professor Emeritus of Catholic Theology at the University of Tübingen, Germany. He taught the theology of culture and inter-religious dialogue and was the deputy director of Institute of Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Studies. He was a member of the advisory board of Theology and Literature (London). From 1995 to 2009 he was vice president of the Stiftung Weltethos, working closely with his doctoral supervisor and founding president of Weltethos Hans Küng.
‘The depiction of Jesus and indeed of Mary in the Qur’an is a subject of great importance for a more intelligent dialogue between Islam and the Christian tradition. Too many people know little or nothing about it, and it is a pleasure to welcome the English translation of this book from a seasoned and creative scholar.
— Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College and former Archbishop of Canterbury
‘This is a most interesting and informative book; it is equally valuable for scholars and a wider readership. […] Professor Kuschel has highlighted very clearly the joint heritage of Christianity and Islam at a time when mutual understanding between these two religious traditions is so vital.’ — Prof. Carole Hillenbrand, University of St Andrews