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Faithful NarrativesHistorians, Religion, and the Challenge of Objectivity$
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Andrea Sterk and Nina Caputo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451829

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451829.001.0001

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Sibling Rivalries, Scriptural Communities

Sibling Rivalries, Scriptural Communities

What Medieval History Can and Cannot Teach Us about Relations between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

(p.63) Chapter 4 Sibling Rivalries, Scriptural Communities
Faithful Narratives

David Nirenberg

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores contested readings of the Bible and the Qur'an both between and within religious traditions. It asserts the potential of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptural hermeneutics to be self-critical without requiring relativism or negating revelation. Hundreds of writers turn to the Middle Ages in order to make arguments about the relationship between Western and Islamic civilization. Several policy projects also turn to the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, among them the Union for the Mediterranean—an organization created by French president Nikolas Sarkozy as a union of all nations whose shores are lapped by the Mediterranean's waters. The chapter asserts that such efforts in religious “reeducation” can be effective without simultaneous political and economic efforts at a global level.

Keywords:   Bible, Qur'an, Jewish scripture, scriptural hermeneutics, Islamic civilization, Christianity, Judaism, Union for the Mediterranean, Nikolas Sarkozy

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