The Banquet: A Reading of the Fifth sura of the Qur'an (Rhetorica Semitica) (English and Arabic Edition)

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Cuyper's work is a ground-breaking contribution to Islamic-Christian studies and is being warmly received by the Islamic academic community. He applies recent methods of rhetorical textual studies to the analysis of the Qur'an, the holy book of Islam, which previously has been seen by many as a fragmented text with little sense of order. He has achieved a systematic and organised reading of the Qur'an text that is in absolute accordance with the Islamic faith, a task that has never before been accomplished. Both Muslim and Christian theologians around the world recognise his achievement as one of the most important contributions to an understanding of Islam based on Christian scholarship.

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"Understanding the Qur'an is essential to understanding Islam... Michel Cuypers presents an engrossing discussion of the actual text and makes a comprehensive scholarly study of what this means for Christian and Islamic relations. With his work appreciated by both Christian and Islamic scholars, he provides much to ponder for any scholar of the Holy Texts of the God of Abraham, and where the paths merge and here the paths diverge. The Banquet is a strong addition to any Christian, Islamic, Judaic, and religious community and college library collections." - Midwest Book Review

"It is generally held that the Qur'an teaches that Judaism and Christianity must submit to Islam. Here a Christian scholar, Michel Cuypers, tells James Roberts of an alternative reading which could bring new mutual respect between the three Abrahamic faiths (...). In the definitive sura five, the subject of his recent book, Cuypers finds verses that give guid- ance on relations with Jews and Christians. There is both an explanation of the existence of other religions; and there is a pronounce- ment on the status, in terms of salvation, of adherents of the Jewish and Christian faiths. And the story is very different from the com- monly held notion that these people should simply be made to "submit" to Islam". - James Roberts, The Tablet

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Michel Cuypers is specialist on Biblical and Semitic Studies, and a follower of Charles de Foucauld. Cuypers resided in Iran for twelve years, first at a leper colony in Tabriz, and later studying Persian language and literature in Teheran. He obtained a doctorate in Persian literature from the University of Teheran in 1983. He studied Arabic in Syria and Egypt, and in 1989 he moved to Cairo, where he presently resides as a researcher at the Dominican Institute for Eastern Studies. Since 1994 Cuypers has utilized the method of rhetorical analysis on the composition of the Qur an text. His articles and essays are being increasingly appreciated by Muslim scholars.

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