Mu?ammad and Christianity

Authored by: David Cook

Routledge Handbook on Christian–Muslim Relations

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138818712
eBook ISBN: 9781315745077
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315745077.ch7

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Abstract

Islam’s polemical attitude towards Christianity was already dictated by the Qur??n, where fundamental Christian doctrines are disputed. However, according to the s?ra (biography) and ?ad?ths, Mu?ammad did not have extensive personal contact with either Christians or Christianity. What is noteworthy about this lack of contact is that it was the opposite of the experience of the Muslim community during most of its existence. For the most part, Islam’s relations with other religions have been overshadowed by the continuous conflict with Christianity. Therefore, the experience of Mu?ammad does not accord with the experience of Islam as a whole.

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