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A Christian-Muslim Inter-Text Now: From Anathemata to Theme

Kenneth Cragg

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ISBN 10: 1901764508 / ISBN 13: 9781901764505
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Title: A Christian-Muslim Inter-Text Now: From ...

Publisher: Rimal Publications

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In an internet society ‘text’ can mean some trivial thing. Not so its long link with ‘textile’ as something significant woven into words that might even be ‘holy writ’. Meant this way here, ‘Inter-text’ has to do with how—not whether—we think of God.

The Qur’an has a laden phrase about ‘esteeming Allah a true esteem’. What ‘measure’, what criteria? Christian and Muslim are in clear kinship about the answer, but—inside it—present a sharp contrast. Together they see the human situation as a trust with the earth as God’s viceroys so that nothing is merely secular, since all is meant for hallowing. Things are only ‘under us’ as we are ‘under God’.
This central truth grows ever more urgent now and, with it, the issue that divides. Is this vocation to be ‘on God’s behalf ’ an education into law, served by a political control that makes us amenable? Or, in all realism, must it not be a redemption into love, because we are willful and perverse? Otherwise, why that ringing ‘Perhaps’ in the Qur’an?

This—between us—only belongs inside the common stake of the God who has ‘let us be’. It is a theme that demands to bypass the sundry anathemas we have had for each other so long. ‘To understand God we must first spell man.’ When we do so, we discover many other ‘texts’ between us about, for example, the task of scholarship with Scriptures, the temper of religious authority, the inter-liability of the sexes and the humility that learns sincerity.

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KENNETH CRAGG has served as both scholar and bishop in the lands of the Middle East and also held academic posts in the UK, Lebanon, Nigeria and the USA. For many years Bishop Cragg lived and served in the Middle East, supervising the regional Anglican Churches both there and in parts of Africa. His mastery of Arabic and knowledge of the Qur'an have earned him credibility with Muslims, particularly among Islamic scholars and Imams who often invite him to deliver lectures in their conferences and seminars. He is the author of many studies in contemporary relations between the Semitic faiths. He is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and an Hon. D.D. of the University of Leeds and former Bye-Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He presently serves as Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.

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