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Scriptural Polemics: The Quran and Other Religions Munim A. Sirry

Scriptural Polemics: The Quran and Other Religions

Munim A. Sirry

Published June 1st 2014
ISBN : 9780199359363
Hardcover
311 pages
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A number of passages in the Quran criticize Jews and Christians, from claims of exclusive salvation and charges of Jewish and Christian falsification of revelation to cautions against the taking of Jews and Christians as patrons, allies, orMoreA number of passages in the Quran criticize Jews and Christians, from claims of exclusive salvation and charges of Jewish and Christian falsification of revelation to cautions against the taking of Jews and Christians as patrons, allies, or intimates. Munim Sirry offers a novel exploration of these polemical passages, which have long been regarded as obstacles to peaceable interreligious relations, through the lens of twentieth-century tafsir (exegesis). He considers such essential questions as: How have modern contexts shaped Muslim reformers understanding of the Quran, and how have the reformers interpretations recontextualized these passages? Can the Qurans polemical texts be interpreted fruitfully for interactions among religious communities in the modern world?Sirry also reflects on the various definitions of apologetic or polemic as relevant sacred texts and analyzes reformist tafsirs with careful attention to argument, literary context, and rhetoric in order to illuminate the methods, positions, and horizons of the exegeses. Scriptural Polemics provides both a critical engagement with the tafsirs and a lucid and original examination of Quranic language, logic, and dilemmas, showing how the dynamic and varied reformist interpretations of these passages open the way for a less polemical approach to other religions.