Crossing Confessional Boundaries: Exemplary Lives in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions

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Univ of California Press, Jan 28, 2020 - Religion - 360 pages
Arguably the single most important element in Abrahamic cross-confessional relations has been an ongoing mutual interest in perennial spiritual and ethical exemplars of one another’s communities. Ranging from Late Antiquity through the Middle Ages, Crossing Confessional Boundaries explores the complex roles played by saints, sages, and Friends of God in the communal and intercommunal lives of Christians, Muslims, and Jews across the Mediterranean world, from Spain and North Africa to the Middle East to the Balkans. By examining these stories in their broad institutional, social, and cultural contexts, Crossing Confessional Boundaries reveals unique theological insights into the interlocking histories of the Abrahamic faiths.
 
 

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Contents

Geographies Shared IThe Central Middle East
17
Geographies Shared IISpain and North Africa
42
Geographies Shared IIIFrom Anatolia to the Balkans
68
An Owners Manual
95
A Readers Toolbox
120
A Job Description
147
Historical Themes and Institutional Authority
175
Constructions of Personal AuthorityEpistemic
201
Exemplars and Their Communities
228
Exemplarity and Hagiography
251
Selected Bibliography
317
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John Renard is Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. His many books include Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims, Windows on the House of Islam, Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood, Tales of God’s Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation, and Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader.
 

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