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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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Literalist Approaches to Jesus’s Eschatological Role in Islamic Theology

Literalist Approaches to Jesus’s Eschatological Role in Islamic Theology

(p.100) Seven Literalist Approaches to Jesus’s Eschatological Role in Islamic Theology
Islam's Jesus

Zeki Saritoprak

University Press of Florida

Chapter 7 examines the interpretive history of Jesus's eschatological role in Islamic theology. Most pre-twentieth century commentaries are literalist in their readings of the Qur’an and the Hadith. Saritoprak suggests that such literalism is indicated by the theological dogmatism of earlier centuries. The modern era has witnessed increased discussion of Jesus and eschatology among Islamic scholars and theologians. Saritoprak discusses the presence of Jesus in major early Islamic scholars’ writings--including those of Abu Hanifa, al-Madini, Al-Tahawi, al-Ash?ari, al-Maturidi, and Ibn al-Taymiyya--in order to contextualize later writings. His key criticism of modern literalist interpretations is that they lack intellectual analysis of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.

Keywords:   literalist approach, Abu Hanifa, al-Madini, al-Tahawi, al-Ash?ari, al-Maturidi, lbn al-Taymiyya, Hadith, Prophet Muhammad, eschatology

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