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The Abrahamic Religions as a Modern Concept  

Mark Silk

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
The modern concept of the Abrahamic religions has roots in Christian theology, the academic study of the Near East, and the study of Islam. In the nineteenth century, Protestant ... More

Anglican Relations with Islam  

Michael Nazir-Ali

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Oct 2015
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Jul 2016
Anglican relations with Islam and with Muslims are rooted in the long history of Christian contact with the world of Islam. There has been mutual recognition and cooperation during the ... More

Apocalyptic  

Philip Davies

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2009
In the Old Testament, apocalyptic literature (or simply ‘apocalyptic’, as the genre is often called) might not seem to occupy a prominent place. Only the book of Daniel falls into this ... More

Apocalypticism, Millenarianism, and Messianism  

Lutz Greisiger

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
Apocalyptic phenomena and discourses run as a thread through Jewish, Christian, and Muslim history, playing a lead role during times of transition and ferment. Apocalyptic phenomena ... More

Armageddon in Christian, Sunni, and Shia Traditions  

Michael A. Sells

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter, which looks at the actual or alleged cases of apocalypticism within contemporary Iranian Shi'ite, Saudi Sunni, and American Christian circles, evaluates the issue of ... More

Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and the Church  

Richard Swinburne

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2009
Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all claim that God has given humans a revelation. Divine revelation may be either of God, or by God of propositional truth. Traditionally Christianity has ... More

The Concept of the Abrahamic Religions, Problems and Pitfalls  

Rémi Brague

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter examines such current expressions as ‘the three monotheisms’, ‘the three religions of Abraham’, and ‘the three religions of the book’, points to their falsity and the dangers ... More

The Cult of Saints and Pilgrimage  

Yousef Meri

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter explores the intertwined themes of pilgrimage and the cult of saints in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, highlighting similarities and differences as well as issues of ... More

Dietary Law  

David M. Freidenreich

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This survey of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic dietary law finds no recognition within pre-modern sources of the biblical or familial affinities implied by the contemporary term Abrahamic. ... More

Excursus I: Christian Theological Thought during the First ʿAbbāsid Century  

Sidney H. Griffith

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Mar 2016
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Jun 2014
Greek and Syriac texts dating back to the late seventh century CE bear the earliest notices of emergent Islam recorded by Christians living in the conquered territories of the Levant. ... More

Excursus III: The Coptic and Syriac Receptions of Neo-Ashʿarite Theology  

Gregor Schwarb

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Mar 2016
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Aug 2014
This article examines the reception of Neo-Ashʿarite theology during the Renaissance of Syriac and Copto-Arabic literature. It first looks at the so-called ‘Syriac Renaissance’ of the ... More

The Islamic Christ  

Gabriel Said Reynolds

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
Most Muslims think the Bible is a corruption of Islamic revelations once given to Moses and Jesus and that the biblical narratives about God and Jesus falsify the true story. The Qur’an ... More

Islamo-Christian Civilization  

Richard Bulliet

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
Under the general rubric of ‘Abrahamic Religions’ there is a sub-topic that highlights particular similarities between Islam and Christianity in areas of institutional and societal ... More

Jews and Muslims in Christian Law and History  

John Tolan

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
How does Christianity explain the existence of the two rival Abrahamic faiths, Judaism and Islam? What place does it allow in Christian society for Jews and Muslims? The responses to these ... More

Mysticism in the Abrahamic Religions  

Moshe Idel

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
The intensification of religious life, and the contact with what is conceived of as a spiritual sphere, are two main general features of mysticism, present in all of the Abrahamic ... More

Philosophy and Theology  

Carlos Fraenkel

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter examines the distinctive character of philosophy among Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the medieval Islamic world. It relates philosophy to theology, but also to other ... More

Religion in the Balkan Wars  

Vjekoslav Perica

This article examines the roles of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church in Croatia, and the Islamic religious authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1991–1995 war inWestern ... More

Religions of Love: Judaism, Christianity, Islam  

David Nirenberg and Leonardo Capezzone

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter explores the place of love—of human towards humans or towards God, and of God towards humans—in the Abrahamic traditions. Christianity frequently presented itself as a ... More

Yet Another Abraham  

Gil Anidjar

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
Was Abraham religious? The question seems out of place in a volume on ‘Abrahamic Religions’. Yet, it is precisely the juxtaposition of strictly anachronistic terms (Abraham, religion) at a ... More

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