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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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Symbolic, Allegorical, and Other Interpretive Approaches to Jesus’s Eschatological Role

Symbolic, Allegorical, and Other Interpretive Approaches to Jesus’s Eschatological Role

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(p.112) Eight Symbolic, Allegorical, and Other Interpretive Approaches to Jesus’s Eschatological Role
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Islam's Jesus
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Zeki Saritoprak

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049403.003.0008

Chapter 8 begins by explaining why the interpretative approach is, theologically, the most useful approach for understanding the Qur’an and the Hadith as they relate to Jesus. Of particular importance is the fact that the interpretive is the only approach that both accepts the veracity of the Qur’an and Hadith and does not deny humanity's God-given reason. Supporting the claim for the overall usefulness of this approach, Saritoprak brings in the writings and ideas of al-Taftazani, Muhammad Abduh, Rashid Rida, Tantawi Jawhari, and Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, scholars whose readings of the sources constitute a middle way between the theological extremes of literalism and esotericism. Using the interpretive approach as a bridge, the chapter begins a discussion of Muslim-Christian dialogue and cooperation. The chapter concludes on consideration of the interpretive approaches of important Sufis: Ibn al-?Arabi, Rumi, al-Sha?rani, and Ismail Hakki Bursevi.

Keywords:   al-Taftazani, Muhammad Abduh, Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, Rashid Rida, Tantawi Jawhari, Muslim-Christian dialogue, Sufi, Ibn al-?Arabi, Rumi, al-Shar’an, Ismail Hakki Brsevi

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