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Document Details :
Title: Jesus and Ḥusayn Ibn 'Alī Ibn 'Abū Ṭālib
Subtitle: A Comparative Study
Author(s): SINDAWI, Khalid
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 44 Date: 2007
The paper provides a comparative analysis of the figure of Christ as depicted in the New Testament and that of Ḥusayn as reflected in Shī'ite literature. We show that both figures meet in nearly every respect the expectations from saintly figures: Ḥusayn like Jesus was born after a miraculous pregnancy and his birth was accompanied by visions and prophecies; both Ḥusayn and Jesus had supernatural powers and knowledge, such as prescience; both performed numerous miracles; both demonstrated moral authority and courage; both gave their lives for the sake of humanity and died for their faith; and both came to life again after their death and ascended to heaven, to abide in God’s lap.