Islam, Christianity and Tradition: A Comparative Exploration
Islam, Christianity and Tradition: A Comparative Exploration
Edinburgh University Press

Islam, Christianity and Tradition: A Comparative Exploration

  • Publish Date: 2006-12-22
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Ian R. Netton

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Offers a unique comparative exploration of the role of tradition in Islam and Christianity.The idea of 'tradition' has enjoyed a variety of senses and definitions in Islam and Christianity, but both have cleaved at certain times to a supposedly 'golden age' of tradition from the past. The author suggests there has been a chain of thinkers from classical Islam to the twentieth century who share a common interest in ijtihad (or independent thinking). Drawing on past and present evidence, and using Christian tradition as a focus for contrast and comparison, the author highlights the seemingly paradoxical harmony between tradition and itjihad in Islam.The author draws on a variety of primary and secondary sources including contemporary newspaper and journal


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