“The Religion of the Messiah in Multitudes”: Echoes of the Qur’ān across Christian Schisms
The Qur’ān and Kerygma - Biblical Receptions of the Muslim Scripture across a Millennium - Jeffrey Einboden
Jeffrey Einboden [+]
Northern Illinois University
Building from the case studies of Chapters 1 and 2, Chapter 3 unfolds a broader survey, considering Qur’ānic influences amid early Christian schisms, reaching from the medieval Middle East to the early-modern West. The Muslim scripture features in this chapter as a formative vocabulary for intra-religious dialogue and debate, linking Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Western Protestantism, merging landmark Christian Arabists and Arabic writers, from Sa‘īd ibn Baṭrīq to Gregory Bar Hebraeus, from Edward Pococke to Ezra Stiles. Conveying Qur’ānic echoes forward in time and westward in space, the writings of Chalcedonians and non-Chalcedonians in the Middle East are shown to supply Western Orientalists with covert sources for Islamic reception, ushering the Muslim scripture into tumultuous environs of political revolution and religious rupture extending from England to America.