The New Testament in Muslim Eyes

 The New Testament in Muslim Eyes : New,
'Paul's Letter to the Galations,'
*[A5+] Paperback - 291 pages,
by Dr. Shabbir Akhtar,
Published by Routledge T & F Group.
First Edition; June 2018.

Description :

The New Testament in Muslim Eyes provides a close textual commentary on perhaps the earliest declaration of Paul’s apostleship and of his undying commitment to the risen Christ. It notes the subtleties of the Greek original against the backdrop of an exciting glimpse of Quranic Arabic parallels and differences. It asks: Does Paul qualify as a Prophet of Allah (God)?

The thoughts of Paul are assessed by examining his claims against the background of Islam’s rival views of Abraham and his legacy. The Arabic Quran framed and inspired the life of the Arab Apostle, Muhammad, who was sent, according to Islam, to all humanity, Jewish and Gentile alike. Pauline themes are set in dialectical tension with the claims of the Quran.

Shabbir Akhtar compares and contrasts the two rival faiths with regard to: the resources of human nature, the salvation of the sinner, and the status of the works of the law. Both Christians and Muslims concur on the need for God’s grace, an essential condition of success in the life of faith. The core Pauline Christian doctrine of justification by faith alone is scrutinised and assessed from a variety of non-Christian, especially Islamic, stances.

Synopsis :  Providing an Islamic view of Christian origins, this book helps to build bridges between the two religions.  It explores Christian origins by examining a key New Testament epistle, Paul’s letter to the Galatian churches, seen by Christians as the charter of Christian liberty from the inherited Jewish law. It will be a valuable resource to students and scholars of Biblical Studies, Islamic Studies, and the Philosophy of Religion.

Dr. Shabbir-Akhtar.

Shabbir Akhtar; B.A., M.A. (Cantab), Ph.D. (Calgary, Alberta) is a Muslim scholar who holds a doctorate in the Philosophy of Religion and was a Fellow at CMCS from 2013 to 2018.

After working in British race relations, he taught philosophy of religion and comparative religions in an Islamic university in Malaysia for four years, and for a decade in Old Dominion University in Virginia, USA. Currently he is an associate member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. 

He has published widely on Islam and Christianity in several languages. His articles have appeared both in academic journals and in the national press.  

Table of Contents :


---Chapter [1]. Preface to the Commentary,

---Chapter [2]. ‘There is no gospel except the only Gospel’ (1.1–12),

---Chapter [3]. The Apostle’s Apologia and Gospel (1.13–3.5),

---Chapter [4]. The promise of Abraham’s Gospel (3.6–4.7),

---Chapter [5]. Pastoral Interventions,
------Saint Paul as pastor Paul (4.8–20 and 5.2–12),

---Chapter [6].  Covenant of the Spirit (4.21–5.1 and 5.13–26),

---Chapter [7]. Law of Christ, Gospel of the Cross (6.1–18),

---Chapter [8]. Crisis of law, promise of grace,
------Interfaith interfaces in Galatians,

---Chapter [9]. Epilogue,
------Missionaries in reverse : Learning from the rival.


Also see Theology,
Also see Inter-faith,
Also see Dawah.

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