The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter

Essays in Honour of David Thomas


The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter is a Festschrift in honour of David Thomas, Professor of Christianity and Islam, and Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Inter Religious Relations, at the University of Birmingham, UK. The Editors have put together a collection of over 30 contributions from colleagues of Professor Thomas that commences with a biographical sketch and representative tribute provided by a former doctoral student, and comprises a series of wide-ranging academic papers arranged to broadly reflect three dimensions of David Thomas’ academic and professional work – studies in and of Islam; Christian-Muslim relations; the Church and interreligious engagement. These are set in the context of a focussed theme – the character of Christian-Muslim encounters – and cast within a broad chronological framework.

Contributors, excluding the editors, are: Clare Amos, John Azumah, Mark Beaumont, David Cheetham, Rifaat Ebied, Stanisław Grodź SVD, Alan Guenther, Damian Howard SJ, Michael Ipgrave, Muammer İskenderoğlu, Risto Jukko, Alex Mallett, Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala, Lucinda Mosher, Gordon Nickel, Jørgen Nielsen, Claire Norton, Emilio Platti, Luis Bernabé Pons, Peniel Rajkumar, Peter Riddell, Umar Ryad, Andrew Sharp, Sigvard von Sicard, Richard Sudworth, Mark Swanson, Charles Tieszen, John Tolan, Davide Tacchini, Herman Teule, Albert Walters.

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Douglas Pratt, PhD (1984), St Andrews, Scotland, DTheol (2009) MCD Melbourne, is Professor of Religious Studies, University of Waikato, New Zealand, and Adjunct Professor, University of Bern. His most recent book is Being Open, Being Faithful: The Journey of Interreligious Dialogue (2014).

Jon Hoover, PhD (2002), Birmingham, is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Nottingham. He has published Ibn Taymiyya's Theodicy of Perpetual Optimism (2007), studies on the theology of Ibn Taymiyya, among others, and essays on Christian-Muslim relations.

John Davies (The Very Revd), PhD (1999), Lancaster University, is Dean of Derby Cathedral and a former Chaplain of Keble College Oxford.

John Chesworth, PhD (2008), Birmingham, is project officer and co-editor with David Thomas for Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History 1500-1900. He co-edited Sharī'a in Africa Today: Reactions and Responses (2014) and has written on Christian-Muslim relations in Africa and Europe.
Publisher’s Preface
Contributor Notes
General Introduction

1 David Thomas: The Hearing of Two Vocations—A Biographical Sketch
John Davies
2 Professor David Thomas—A Representative Reminiscence
Albert Suderaraj Walters

Part 1 From the Rise of Islam to the Medieval World
3 Facing the Last Day through Two Narrative Apocalyptic Figures in the Coptic-Arabic ‘Apocalypse of Pseudo-Athanasius’
Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala
4 The Holy Spirit in Early Christian Dialogue with Muslims
Mark Beaumont
5 Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī, Disciples and Masters: On Questions of Religious Philosophy
Emilio Platti
6 The Theme of Language in Christian-Muslim Discussions in the ʿAbbāsid Period: Some Christian Views
Herman Teule
7 A Neglected Piece of Evidence for Early Muslim Reactions to the Frankish Crusader Presence in the Levant:
The ‘Jihad Chapter’ from Tuḥfat al-mulūk
Alex Mallett
8 Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī and Ibn ʿArabī on the Ways to Knowledge of God: Unveiling or Reflection and Reasoning?
Muammer İskenderoğlu
9 “Can You Find Anything Praiseworthy in My Religion?” Religious Aversion and Admiration in Medieval Christian-Muslim Relations
Charles L. Tieszen
10 The First Imposition of a Badge on European Jews: The English Royal Mandate of 1218
John Tolan
11 An Arabic Version of the Treatise on the Origin and History of the Thirty Pieces of Silver which Judas Received from the Jews
Rifaat Ebied
12 Debating According to the Rules: A Conversation about the Crucifixion in al-Ḥāwī by al-Makīn Jirjis ibn al-ʿAmīd
Mark N. Swanson

Part 2 From Early Modernity to the Present
13 Islamic Anti-Christian Polemics in 16th Century Spain: The Lead Books of Granada and the Gospel of Barnabas.
Beyond the Limits of tahrīf
Luis F. Bernabé Pons
14 Islam: An (Almost) Redundant Element in the Polish-Lithuanian/Ottoman Encounters between the 16th and 19th Centuries?
Stanisław Grodź svd
15 (In)tolerant Ottomans: Polemic, Perspective and the Reading of Primary Sources
Claire Norton
16 The Hadith in Christian-Muslim Dialogue in 19th Century India
Alan M. Guenther
17 Muslim Responses to Missionary Literature in Egypt in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Umar Ryad
18 Three Pioneering Malay Works of Quranic Exegesis: A Comparative Study
Peter Riddell
19 Christian-Muslim Engagement in Contemporary India: Minority Irruptions of Majoritarian Faultlines
Peniel J. Rufus Rajkumar
20 Scholarly Reception of Alphonse Mingana’s ‘The Transmission of the Ḳurʾān’: A Centenary Perspective
Gordon Nickel
21 The Role of Religious Leaders in Promoting Reconciliation in Sudan
Sigvard von Sicard
22 Patterns of Christian-Muslim Encounters in Sub-Saharan Africa
John Azumah
23 Italian Islam: Imam and Mosque Today
Davide Tacchini

Part 3 Looking Ahead: From Present to Future
24 The Current Situation of Christian-Muslim Relations: Emerging Challenges, Signs of Hope
Jørgen S. Nielsen
25 The Future of the Christian-Muslim Past: Reflecting with Charles Taylor on Interreligious Relations
Damian Howard SJ
26 Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue: Towards a More Interpersonal and Spiritual Engagement
Risto Jukko
27 Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and the Environment: The Case for a New Sacred Science
Andrew M. Sharp
28 Provocation and Resonance: Sacramental Spirituality in the Context of Islam
Michael Ipgrave
29 Getting to Know One Another’s Hearts: The Progress, Method, and Potential of the Building Bridges Seminar
Lucinda Allen Mosher
30 Anglican Interreligious Relations in Generous Love: Indebted to and Moving from Vatican II
Richard J. Sudworth
31 The Interfaith Landscape and Liturgical Places
David Cheetham
32 Textual Authority and Hermeneutical Adventure: Three 21st Century Dialogue Initiatives
Douglas Pratt
33 Transfiguring Mission: From Arabic Dallas to Interfaith Discovery
Clare Amos

David R. Thomas Academic Publications
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All academic readers in the field of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations; readers of and subscribers to the Brill History of Christian-Muslim Relations.
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