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Humanity: Texts and Contexts
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Humanity: Texts and Contexts is a record of the 2007 Singapore "Building Bridges" seminar, an annual dialogue between Muslim and Christian scholars cosponsored by Georgetown University and the Archbishop of Canterbury. This volume explores three central questions: What does it mean to be human? What is the significance of the diversity that is evident among human beings? And what are the challenges that humans face living within the natural world?

A distinguished group of scholars focuses on the theological responses to each of these questions, drawing on the wealth of material found in both Christian and Islamic scriptures. Part one lays out the three issues of human identity, difference, and guardianship. Part two explores scriptural texts side by side, pairing Christian and Islamic scholars who examine such themes as human dignity, human alienation, human destiny, humanity and gender, humanity and diversity, and humanity and the environment. In addition to contributions from an international cast of outstanding scholars, the book includes an afterword by Archbishop Rowan Williams.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. PARTICIPANTS
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. xiii
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Humanity in Context
  2. pp. xv-xvii
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  1. PART ONE: Human Identity, Difference, and Guardianship
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. CHAPTER ONE. Being Human
  2. pp. 3-21
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  1. CHAPTER TWO. Living with Difference
  2. pp. 22-40
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  1. CHAPTER THREE. Guardians of the Environment
  2. pp. 41-60
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. PART TWO: Scriptural Texts on Being Human
  2. pp. 69-70
  1. CHAPTER FOUR. Human Dignity
  2. pp. 71-77
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE. Human Alienation
  2. pp. 78-86
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  1. CHAPTER SIX. Human Destiny
  2. pp. 87-96
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN. Humanity and Gender
  2. pp. 97-105
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT. Humanity and Diversity
  2. pp. 106-123
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  1. CHAPTER NINE. Humanity and the Environment
  2. pp. 124-132
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 133-144
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  1. AFTERWORD: Reflections on Humanity in Text and Context
  2. pp. 145-148
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  1. INDEX TO BIBLICAL CITATIONS
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. INDEX TO QUR’ĀNIC CITATIONS
  2. pp. 151-152
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  1. GENERAL INDEX
  2. pp. 153-158
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