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The Routledge Reading the Bible in Islamic Context series

The 'Reading the Gospels in the Context of Islam' conference 2020 aims to produce the second multi-authored volume for the series.

This series represents an urgent theological initiative for the third millennium: purposeful interpretation of the Bible in contexts provided by Islam, especially the Qur’an. Biblical interpretation has affected the development of Western society and continues to be a key determinant of Christian and Jewish action worldwide; and Muslim views of the Bible and of how Jews and Christians interpret it are key determinants of Muslim views of non-Muslims. We therefore expect the series to produce novel perspectives on the continuing religious, political and ideological rivalries which divide the contemporary world as well as fresh insights into biblical texts.

Series editors Dr Ida Glaser and Dr Shabbir Akhtar, along with Dr Shirin Shafaie and Dr Daniel Crowther, organised a conference in 2015 to explore the ways in which an awareness of Islam and the Qur’an can change how the Bible is read. More than 40 Muslim and Christian scholars gathered to listen to 20 papers and speakers delivered by experts from a range of countries - including USA, Turkey, Egypt and UK - all presenting a range of fascinating global perspectives.

Work and papers from the conference were in turn edited by the RBCI team and published as the first title in the series: Reading the Bible in Islamic Context: Qur’anic conversations. The second volume of the series, The New Testament in Muslim Eyes, is by Dr Akhtar (published 2018). Other monographs currently being penned include a biblical theology ‘in conversation with’ the Qur’an, a study of the Psalms and the Qur’an; and a reading of Genesis 37-50 in Islamic context.


Reading the Bible in Islamic Context: Qur'anic Conversations


Table of Contents

1. Biblical interpretation in Islamic context, Ida Glaser 

Part 1: Intertextual Conversations

2. Abraham in narrative worldviews: reflections on doing comparative theology through Christian-Muslim dialogue in Turkey, George Bristow 

3. Toward inter-theological hermeneutics: a case study in reading between the Joseph stories, Shirin Shafaie 

4. The ‘sin’ of David in the light of Islamic thought, Ali Makhlabi and Larry Ciccarelli 

5. David and the single ewe lamb: tracking conversation between two texts (2 Samuel 12:3 and Q38:23) when they are read in their canonical contexts, Carol Walker 

6. Facing mirrors: the intertwined golden calf story, Mohammad Ghandehari and Mohsen Feyzbakhsh 

Part 2: Questions about Texts

7. The fourth source: Isrā’iliyyāt and the use of the Bible in Muslim scholarship, Wan Mohd Fazrul Azdi Wan Razali, Ahmad Yunus Mohd Noor and Jaffary Awang 

8. Constrained by scriptural polemics: Hamiduddin Farahi on the Akedah, Nazirudin Mohd Nasir 

9. The culture shock of the Bible, Danny Crowther 

10. Islamic tradition and the reception history of the Bible, Martin O’Kane and Talha Bhamji 

11. The Morphology of the narrative exegesis of the Qur’an: The case of the cow of the Banū Isrāʾīl (Q2:67-74), Ali Aghaie  

Part 3: Analogical Explorations 

12. The place of purity in faith, Dwight Swanson 

13. Biblical Ruth as a qur’anic Queen of Sheba: scriptural narratives of foreigner assent, Georgina Jardim 

14. Reading Paul on idolatry (Romans 1:18-32) alongside the Qur’an: a theology of divine signs, Michael Lodahl 

15. Indirection in biblical and qur’anic discourses, and in Bible translation in Islamic contexts, Andy Warren-Rothlin 

16. The Gospel of John as a structure for Muslim-Christian understanding, Dan Madigan 

17. Three methods for a Muslim reading of the Bible, Shabbir Akhtar

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