Muslim Views of the Cross as a Symbol of the Christian Faith

in Heirs of the Apostles

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The Cross and the Crucifixion are the symbol of Christian Salvation. Islam, on the other hand, not only does not accept this, it also sees the veneration of the Cross as an idolatrous ritual. Islamic perspective on the Cross has been at the center of all Christian-Muslim apologetics. While Islam considers Jesus as a great prophet, it has its historical injunctions against exhibiting the Cross, especially in public. This paper presents the Muslim historical reception and perception of the Cross, theologically as well as temporally, based on a study of original Islamic sources, especially Qurʾān, Ḥadīth, and Tafsīr

Heirs of the Apostles

Studies on Arabic Christianity in Honor of Sidney H. Griffith

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