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Islam's Jesus
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Jesus is a central figure in the Qur’an, the Hadith, and other Islamic literature, and plays an important role in Islamic eschatology. In this tradition, at the end days Jesus will descend from heaven to bring peace and justice to the earth. Islam’s Jesus takes a bold yet candid look at the highly charged topic of Jesus’s place in Islam, exploring some of the religion’s least understood aspects.

Originally from Turkey, Zeki Saritoprak is a scholar of Islamic theology who teaches at an American Catholic university and is heavily engaged in interfaith dialogue. In this book, he examines diverse traditions and makes clear the reality of pluralism in the history of Islamic religious scholarship. Saritoprak thoughtfully argues that Jesus is essential to both Muslims and Christians, forging an excellent opportunity for communication between the adherents of two religions who together constitute more than half of the earth’s population.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. 1. Jesus as God’s Messenger in the Qur’an
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. A Qur’anic Perspective on the Eschatological Role of Jesus
  2. pp. 22-37
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  1. 3. Islamic Eschatology and Jesus as a Sign of the Hour
  2. pp. 38-54
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  1. 4. The Hadith and Jesus’s Eschatological Descent
  2. pp. 55-70
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  1. 5. Speculations about Jesus’s Return
  2. pp. 71-83
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  1. 6. The Mahdi and Jesus as Allies against al-Dajjal (the Antichrist)
  2. pp. 84-99
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  1. 7. Literalist Approaches to Jesus’s Eschatological Role in Islamic Theology
  2. pp. 100-111
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  1. 8. Symbolic, Allegorical, and Other Interpretive Approaches to Jesus’s Eschatological Role
  2. pp. 112-133
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  1. 9. Jesus’s Descent and Theologies of Muslim-Christian Cooperation
  2. pp. 134-156
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 157-163
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  1. Appendix 1. Fethullah Gülen on Jesus and Interfaith Dialogue
  2. pp. 164-175
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  1. Appendix 2. Excerpts from Muhammed Hamdi Yazir
  2. pp. 176-182
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 185-202
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 203-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-222
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  1. About the Author
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