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Title: The Concept of Revelation in Islam from the Perspective of Comparative Theology
Author(s): VALKENBERG, Pim
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 31    Issue: 2   Date: 2021   
Pages: 179-200
DOI: 10.2143/SID.31.2.3290058

Abstract :
Revelation is an important topic in dialogues between Christians and Muslims, yet it is often understood in different manners. This article discusses a few significant texts from the Qur’an and juxtaposes this take on revelation to a recent development in the Catholic theology of revelation from a notional to a sacramental concept of revelation. In the main part of the article, three recent documents on revelation published by groups of Muslims and Christians engaged in interreligious dialogue are analyzed: documents published by the Mediterranean francophone Muslim-Christian Research Group, the British Building Bridges seminar, and the US Midwest Muslim-Catholic Dialogue. A comparative theological analysis of these document shows that some Muslim scholars move in the direction of a more sacramental understanding of God’s revelation in God’s signs, guidance and light and in the human recitation of the Word of God, while others stay with more traditional concepts of revelation that avoid any mediation between God’s word and human realities.

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