Islamic Christology: A Starting Point for Interreligious Dialogue?

Abstract

Most Muslims tend to understand Christianity through the lens of the Quran without realizing that the Muslim scripture develops its own Christology. From the word “Christ”, Christology is a branch of Christian theology that deals with the person of Jesus, his divinity, nature and role in the salvation of humanity. My contention is that this is the root cause of common misunderstandings in Muslim-Christian conversations. Muslims would never understand Christianity just by reading their own scripture. My talk will first focus on the nature of Quranic Christology and then I will discuss why the Muslim scripture develops a distinct Christology different from what Christians themselves believe in.

Speaker

Mun’im Sirry is an Assistant Professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA. He is also running the Contending Modernities research project focusing on problems of pluralist coexistence in Indonesia, based at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He is the author of Scriptural Polemics: the Qur’an and Other Religions (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Look at the full poster of the event here.

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