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How far does (A Common Word) mark a new beginning in Muslim attitudes towards Christian scripture?
Religion and Theology
Pages 16 (4016 words)
How Far Does (A Common Word) Mark A New Beginning In Muslim Attitudes Towards Christian Scripture? Introduction In a place called Safawi (situated inside of eastern Jordanian desert), there stands an exclusive, solitary tree. The tree is estimated to be around 1,500 years old and the surrounding area does not have any single tree…
His remarks instigated demonstrations by the Muslim community all over the world (Muhammad, Volf, and Yarrington 2010, p3). Arguably, it is because of this speech that “A Common Word” was born, and a letter addressed to Christian leaders across the world titled “A Common Word” written by a group of prominent Muslims. The letter has led to immense debate from both the Muslims and Christians and thus the paper will discuss the extent to which “A Common Word” marks a new beginning in Muslim attitudes towards the Christian scripture. The paper will also discuss the extent to which “A Common Word” makes use of the Biblical texts and the level to which it rejects tahrif (that is, falsification in the Bible). The paper will discuss Muslim scholars’ attitudes toward Christian scripture before the inception of “A Common Word”. Definition of “A Common Word” and its Purpose A month after the speech of Pope Benedict XVI, 38 leading Muslim scholars from different countries wrote an open letter to the Pope. In the letter, Muslims scholars voiced their apprehensions concerning the speech. ...
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