Montag, 31. Januar 2022

Craig Considine: Leute des Buches. Die Begegnungen des Propheten Mohammed mit den Christen

Craig Considine: People of the Book

Prophet Muhammad’s Encounters
with Christians

London: Hurst 2021, 232 pp., illustr.

ISBN 978-787384712

InterReligiöse Bibliothek (IRB): Buch des Monats Dezember 2021 

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A considered study of Muslim–Christian coexistence

and dialogue in the time of Prophet Muhammad.

The Christians that lived around the Arabian Peninsula during Muhammad’s lifetime are shrouded in mystery. Some of the stories of the Prophet’s interactions with them are based on legends and myths, while others are more authentic and plausible. But who exactly were these Christians? Why did Muhammad interact with them as he reportedly did? And what lessons can today’s Christians and Muslims learn from these encounters? 

Scholar Craig Considine, one of the most powerful global voices speaking in admiration of the prophet of Islam, provides answers to these questions. Through a careful study of works by historians and theologians, he highlights an idea central to Muhammad’s vision: an inclusive Ummah, or Muslim nation, rooted in citizenship rights, interfaith dialogue, and freedom of conscience, religion and speech. In this unprecedented sociological analysis of one of history’s most influential human beings, Considine offers groundbreaking insight that could redefine Christian and Muslim relations.

Eine sorgsam abwägende Studie über die muslimisch-christliche Koexistenz und über den Dialog von Muslimen und Christen  zur Zeit des Propheten Muhammad.

Die Christen, die zu Lebzeiten Muhammads auf der arabischen Halbinsel lebten, sind von Geheimnissen umhüllt. Einige der Geschichten über die Begegnungen des Propheten mit ihnen beruhen auf Legenden und Mythen, während andere authentischer und glaubwürdiger sind. Aber wer genau waren diese Christen? Warum hat Mohammed mit ihnen so verkehrt, wie er es angeblich tat? Und welche Lehren können die heutigen Christen und Muslime aus diesen Begegnungen ziehen? 

Der Soziologie-Professor Craig Considine, eine der einflussreichsten globalen Stimmen, die sich für ein adäquates historisches Bild des islamischen Propheten einsetzen, gibt als Wissenschaftler Antworten auf diese Fragen. Durch eine sorgfältige Untersuchung von Werken von Historikern und Theologen hebt er eine Idee hervor, die für Mohammeds Vision von zentraler Bedeutung war: eine integrative Ummah oder muslimische Nation, die auf Bürgerrechten, interreligiösem Dialog und Gewissens-, Religions- und Redefreiheit beruht. In dieser beispiellosen soziologischen Analyse eines der einflussreichsten Menschen der Geschichte bietet Considine bahnbrechende Erkenntnisse, die die Beziehungen zwischen Christen und Muslimen neu definieren könnten.

The Author Craig Considine is a lecturer in sociology at Rice University (Houston, Texas) and a global speaker, who has contributed to 
The New York TimesThe Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, Foreign Policy and more.
An American Catholic of Irish and Italian descent, he has written 
numerous books and articles on Christian–Muslim relations.


Review in goodreads >>>

‘A historical meditation on the fascinating complexity of Christian belief systems in Arabia which would have been encountered by Muhammad. This is a valuable text on the ancient coexistence of faiths, which, while honouring each other, weren’t afraid to draw lines in the sand about their differences.’ —
Barnaby Rogerson, author of The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography 

‘An important exploration of monotheism during Prophet Muhammad’s lifetime in seventh-century multicultural Arabia, citing the many surprising crossovers between Islam, Judaism and Christianity which deserve to be better known.’ —
Diana Darke, author of Stealing from the Saracens and The Merchant of Syria

‘At the birth of Islam, there was a spirit of Abrahamic ecumenism—only a vague memory for some Muslims today, and totally unknown to most non-Muslims.
Considine skillfully highlights that lost spirit, reminding us that religious freedom and pluralism were not alien to the world-changing mission of Prophet Muhammad.’ —

Mustafa Akyol, Opinion Writer, The New York Times,
and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

‘Based on impeccable scholarship, Considine makes the compelling case that the divine message received by Prophet Muhammad came amid real-life encounters. Those interactions between Muslims and Christians bring a message of unconditional regard and gracious hospitality, as relevant now as it was then.’ —
Reverend Dirk Ficca, Senior Advisor, 
A World of Neighbours, Church of Sweden

‘In this highly accessible account of seventh-century Christian–Muslim relations, Considine takes us on a journey to the multi-ethnic, inter-faith Ummah of Prophet Muhammad, where freedom of religion existed for Christians and Jews. These historical lessons resonate today. A unique and timely work.’ —
Josef Meri, Historian in Interfaith Relations in the Middle East,

Q&A with Craig Considine

Craig Considine is a lecturer in sociology at Rice University and a global speaker, who has contributed to The New York TimesThe Washington Post, CNN, the BBC, Foreign Policy and more. He is the author of People of the Book.

What are you reading at the moment?

I am sifting a lot through Wikipedia to collect ideas for my next book on the “civilizational interplay” between Christendom and Islamdom.

If you could time travel, what period would you visit?

The Irish Golden Age (6th to 9th centuries).

What book have you found either the most overrated or underrated?

Most overrated = The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel Huntington.
Most underrated = The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World by John Andrew Morrow.

If you could pick three historical figures to come to your dinner party, who would they be?
  1. Angelina Alonzo Tedesco,
    my Italian grandmother, for the pasta.
  2. Jesus for the conversation.
  3. Pope Francis for the blessing.
Your desert island book? 

The Bible.

Printed books or ebooks?
TV series or films?
Trains or planes?

Quaoted from Newsletter, January 2020: Hurst-Publisher

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