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Islam's Jesus$
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Zeki Saritoprak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049403

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049403.001.0001

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A Qur’anic Perspective on the Eschatological Role of Jesus

A Qur’anic Perspective on the Eschatological Role of Jesus

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Islam's Jesus

Zeki Saritoprak

University Press of Florida

The chapter begins by giving a brief introduction to the terminology used in Islamic theology when discussing Jesus's eschatological role, especially the term nuzul. The chapter then examines Islamic perspectives on Jesus's descent. This chapter elaborates on four different Qur’anic references to the eschatological descent of Jesus and, in doing so, cites interpretations by Muslim theologians on the subject. The four references as mentioned in the Qur’an are that (1) Jesus “will” speak in manhood, (2) the People of the Book will believe in Jesus when He dies, (3) He is a sign of the Hour, and (4) Muhammad who spoke of Jesus's descent always speaks the truth. The chapter concludes by attempting to reconcile the various scholarly views of Jesus's descent in Islam. This is done largely through emphasis on the interpretive approach, in this case necessitated by the Qur’an itself. Through the thought of Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, the chapter also begins the discussion of the importance of Jesus to Muslim-Christian cooperation.

Keywords:   Islamic theology, People of the Book, Jesus, Qur’an, nuzul, the Hour, interpretive approach, Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, Muslim-Christian cooperation

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