The Gospel According to Sayyid Ahmad Khan (1817-1898)

An Annotated Translation of Tabyīn al-kalām (Part 3)


The Gospel According to Sayyid Ahmad Khan (1817-1898) offers an annotated translation of Tabyīn al-kalām (Part 3), a commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew (Chapters 1-5) by one of South Asia’s most innovative public thinkers. Broadly known for his modernist interpretation of Islam, Sayyid Ahmad Khan (1817-1898) appears here as a contemplative mystic who is determined to show the interrelated nature of the Bible and Qur’ān, and the affinity of Christian and Muslim scriptural exegesis.

Uncommon in the history of Christian-Muslim relations, Sayyid Ahmad Khan presents what can only be described as a serious reading of the Gospel. The work includes an extensive introduction to the early Church in general, and the development of the Trinitarian doctrine in particular. Never before presented in English, the text sheds important new light upon the spiritual and intellectual journey of this leading modern interpreter.

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Christian W. Troll, Ph.D. (1975), University of London, is Honorary Professor of the Philosophical-Theological College Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). He has published monographs, translations and many articles on Islam in South Asia, including Sayyid Ahmad Khan: A Reinterpretation of Muslim Theology (Vikas, 1978).

Charles M. Ramsey, Ph.D. (2015), University of Birmingham, is a Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University (USA) where he teaches courses in Islamic Studies and the History of South Asia. He has published several books and articles on Islam in South Asia, including South Asian Sufis (Continuum, 2012).

M. Basharat Mughal, LL.B (2017), University of the Punjab (Pakistan), is a Research Associate at the Centre for Dialogue and Action at Forman Christian College.
[...] 'Es ist den Übersetzern und Herausgebern des vorliegenden Werkes – allesamt Kenner des Werkes und Wirkens Sayyid Ahmad Khan's – zu verdanken, dass nun erstmalig eine kritische Edition eines Teiles des auf Urdu geschriebenen Kommentars der ersten fünf Kapitel des Matthäusevangeliums in englischer Sprache vorliegt.
[...] 'Die Übersetzer und Herausgeber haben durch ihre hervorragende Übersetzungsleistung eine gewichtige, hierzulande wenig wahrgenommene nicht-arabische Stimme vorgestellt. Das Werk ist sowohl für Theologen als auch für Religionswissenschaftler und Historiker eine große Bereicherung.'

Prof. Dr. Jamal Malik, Universität Erfurt, in CIBEDO-Beiträge 2 /2021, pp. 92-94

[...] 'Christian W. Troll and his team deserve massive credit for bringing out this valuable work on interfaith understanding, which had been gathering dust since 1860.'

Abdur Raheem Kidwai, Aligarh Muslim University, India, in The Muslim World Book Review, 41.2 (2021), pp. 60-63
All interested in the history of modern South Asia, the Aligarh Movement, modern and rationalist interpretations of Islam, and Muslim readings of the Bible, and Christian-Muslim relations.
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