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Book Launch: Reading the Bible in Islamic Context

Edited by Daniel J. Crowther, ShirinShafaie, IdaGlaser and Shabbir Akhtar
Lower Common Room, Wycliffe Hall, 54 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PW

The book launch took place in April 2016 at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. It was chaired by Rev Dr Michael Lloyd, the principal of Wycliffe Hall. Rt Revd Dr Michael Nazir-Ali and Dr Shabbir Akhtar were among the respondents.

Stemming from a 2015 conference held at CMCS, this is a new volume edited by the Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam (RBCI) team. It explores the ways in which an awareness of Islam and the Qur’an can change how the Bible is read. The contributors come from both Muslim and Christian backgrounds, bring various levels of commitment to the Qur’an and the Bible as Scripture, and often have significantly different perspectives.

This book explores how an awareness of Islam and the Qur’an can change how the Bible is read. With both Muslim and Christian contributors, the first part contains chapters that compare the report of an event in the Bible with a report of the same event in the Qur’an. The second part addresses Muslim readings of the Bible and biblical tradition and looks at how Muslims might regard the Bible - Can they recognise it as Scripture? If so, what does that mean and how does it relate to the Qur’an as Scripture? Similarly how might Christians regard the Qur’an? The final part explores different analogies for understanding the Bible in relation to the Qur’an.