By Ryan Szpiech
Jews, Christians, and Muslims all have a standard trust within the sanctity of a center holy scripture, and observation on scripture (exegesis) used to be on the center of all 3 traditions within the center a long time. even as, since it handled matters akin to the character of the canon, the boundaries of appropriate interpretation, and the which means of salvation historical past from the viewpoint of religion, exegesis was once elaborated within the center a long time alongside the faultlines of interconfessional disputation and polemical clash. This choice of 13 essays by means of world-renowned students of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam explores the character of exegesis throughout the excessive and particularly the overdue center a while as a discourse of cross-cultural and interreligious clash, paying specific realization to the commentaries of students within the western and southern Mediterranean from Iberia and Italy to Morocco and Egypt.
Unlike different comparative reports of faith, this assortment isn't a chronological historical past or an encyclopedic advisor. in its place, it provides essays in 4 conceptual clusters ("Writing at the Borders of Islam," "Jewish-Christian Conflict," "The highbrow job of the Dominican Order," and "Gender") that discover medieval exegesis as a car for the expression of communal or non secular id, one who displays shared or competing notions of sacred heritage and sacred textual content. This well timed publication will attract students and lay readers alike and should be crucial interpreting for college students of comparative faith, historians charting the background of non secular clash within the medieval Mediterranean, and all these attracted to the intersection of Jewish,
Christian, and Muslim ideals and practices.
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For example, Stroumsa’s exploration of the image of Abraham being chosen, while still in his mother’s womb, to be the “father” of all nations, or Burman’s evidence of Riccoldo reading 18 R ya n S z p i e c h the Qurʾānic expression (Q. 4:1) “Lord who created you from a single soul” (min nafsin waḥidatin) as “God who created you from one man” (ex uno homine), further underscore the centrality of gender in the exegetical vocabulary of both Islamic writers and Christian writers on Islam as well. As Katherine Allen Smith and Scott Wells have argued elsewhere, “exclusion and inclusion, violence and harmony, patriarchy and gender partnership are intertwined processes most fruitfully considered in conjunction with one another .
She then shows that Maimonides, in similar fashion, seems to have drawn his ideas about Abraham’s contemplative departure from Sabian polytheism in part from contemporary Muslim interpretations of the Sabians. Her analysis problematizes the theological appeal to Abraham as a common father figure at the same time as it traces a rich commerce of reading and interpreting across religious borders. Sidney Griffith presents us with a similar picture of reading and commenting across religious lines, but among writers with a much more aggressive intention.
Cuffel shows that recent discoveries of many more versions of the Life of Jesus in Judeo-Arabic in the Cairo Genizah and elsewhere have enabled such research to include the Islamic world in a significant way. In this light, Cuffel suggests interpreting the text in terms of oral epic tradition in the Muslim world. Comparing the text to other well-known oral story cycles such as Alf laylah wa-laylah (1001 Nights), she shows that the Life of Jesus shares certain elements with these works, which were circulating in oral and written forms among both Muslims and Jews, and was transformed in its Jewish versions according to the vagaries of circumstance and taste.