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Title: Admitted truths in Muslim-Christian dialogue : a study of William Muir, Sayyid Ahmad Khān and William Goldsack in 19th century India
Author: Coffey, David
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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Muslim-Christian dialogue is based on two different sources of authority – the Qur’an and the Bible. Muslims and Christians have often entertained one of two objectives in dialogue, the first is to prove one’s position superior while the second is to gain an adherent to one’s position. This thesis recognizes two methods and argues that logical dialectic tends to seek the first objective, while admitted truths opens up the possibility of the second. It does this by examining the basis for and the use of admitted truths in the writings of three authors during the 19th century in India. Chapter I presents an overview of the principal Muslim-Christian dialogues during the 8th-11th centuries. Chapter II provides an insight into the cultural context of 19th century India in which both Muslims and Christians strove to set forth their respective views in an alien culture. Chapter III gives a summary of the lives of William Muir, Sayyid Ahmd Khan and William Goldsack who were at the forefront of employing admitted truths in India. Chapters IV, V, and VI describe how these three authors applied historical analysis to the Qur’an (IV), the Sunna (V), and the biographies of Muhammad (VI), and hence demonstrate the basis for their use of these Islamic sources in Muslim-Christian dialogue. Chapters VII, VIII, and IX show how these three authors use the Islamic sources, which admit aspects of Christian truth. Foremost among these truths admitted in the Qur’an and the Bible are; the trustworthiness of the Biblical Scriptures (VII); the unique place of Jesus (VIII); and the nature and activity of God (IX). Chapter X (epilogue) concludes that the method of using admitted truths is equally, if not more faithful to the sources of Islam and Christianity and more sympathetic to the cultural expression of these two Faiths than logical dialectic. It is therefore more effective in a dialogue in which one has the objective of gaining an adherent to one’s own position.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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