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"The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions" by Adam Silverstein, Guy G. Stroumsa -eds-; Moshe Blidstein -collab.- (September 2015)

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Editors and contributors

Adam Silverstein is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Bar Ilan University

Guy G. Stroumsa is Martin Buber Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor Emeritus of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at University of Oxford.

Moshe Blidstein is Fellow at The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Reuven Firestone
Adam Silverstein
Guy G. Stroumsa
Mark Silk
Rémi Brague
Gil Anidjar
Richard Bulliet
David Abulafia
Uriel Simonsohn
John Tolan
Dorothea Weltecke
Nicolai Sinai
Carol Bakhos
David Powers
Lutz Greisiger
Yuri Stoyanov
Peter E. Pormann
Sidney Griffith
Carlos Fraenkel
William E. Carroll
Moshe Idel
Anthony Black
Moshe Blidstein
David Freidenreich
Harvey E. Goldberg
Yousef Meri
David Nirenberg
Malise Ruthven
Peter Ochs
David F. Ford
Tariq Ramadan


The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions includes authoritative yet accessible studies on a wide variety of topics dealing comparatively with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as with the interactions between the adherents of these religions throughout history. The comparative study of the Abrahamic Religions has been undertaken for many centuries. More often than not, these studies reflected a polemical rather than an ecumenical approach to the topic. Since the nineteenth century, the comparative study of the Abrahamic Religions has not been pursued either intensively or systematically, and it is only recently that the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam has received more serious attention. This volume contributes to the emergence and development of the comparative study of the Abrahamic religions, a discipline which is now in its formative stages.

This Handbook includes both critical and supportive perspectives on the very concept of the Abrahamic religions and discussions on the role of the figure of Abraham in these religions. It features 32 essays, by the foremost scholars in the field, on the historical interactions between Abrahamic communities; on Holy Scriptures and their interpretation; on conceptions of religious history; on various topics and strands of religious thought, such as monotheism and mysticism; on rituals of prayer, purity, and sainthood, on love in the three religions and on fundamentalism. The volume concludes with three epilogues written by three influential figures in the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities, to provide a broader perspective on the comparative study of the Abrahamic religions. This ground-breaking work introduces readers to the challenges and rewards of studying these three religions together.

Table of contents

List of Contributors

Part I: The Concept of the Abrahamic Religions

1. Abraham and Authenticity, Reuven Firestone
2. Abrahamic Experiments in History, Adam Silverstein
3. Three Rings or Three Impostors? The Comparative Approach to the Abrahamic Religions and its Origins, Guy G. Stroumsa
4. The Abrahamic Religions as a Modern Concept, Mark Silk
5. Philosophical Perspectives, Rémi Brague
6. Yet Another Abraham, Gil Anidjar

Part II: Communities

7. Islamo-Christian Civilization, Richard Bulliet
8. The Abrahamic Religions in the Mediterranean, David Abulafia
9. Justice, Uriel Simonsohn
10. Jews and Muslims in Christian Law and History, John Tolan
11. Beyond Exclusivism in the Middle Ages: On the Three Rings, the Three Impostors, and the Discourse of Multiplicity, Dorothea Weltecke

Part III: Scripture and Hermeneutics

12. Historical-Critical Readings of the Abrahamic Scriptures, Nicolai Sinai
13. Interpreters of Scripture, Carol Bakhos
14. The Finality of Prophecy, David Powers
15. Apocalypticism, Millenarianism, and Messianism, Lutz Greisiger
16. Religious Dualism and the Abrahamic Religions, Yuri Stoyanov

Part IV: Religious Thought

17. The Abrahamic Religions and the Classical Tradition, Peter E. Pormann
18. Confessing Monotheism in Arabic (at-Tawḥīd): The One God of Abraham and His Apologists, Sidney Griffith
19. Philosophy and Theology, Carlos Fraenkel
20. Science and Creation: The Mediaeval Heritage, William E. Carroll
21. Mysticism in the Abrahamic Religions, Moshe Idel
22. Political Thought, Anthony Black

Part V: Rituals and Ethics

23. Clemens Leonhard and Martin Lüstraeten, Prayer
24. Purity and Defilement, Moshe Blidstein
25. Dietary Law, David Freidenreich
26. Life-Cycle Rites of Passage, Harvey E. Goldberg
27. The Cult of Saints and Pilgrimage, Yousef Meri
28. Religions of Love: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, David Nirenberg
29. Religion and Politics in the Age of Fundamentalisms, Malise Ruthven

Part VI: Epilogues

30. Jewish and other Abrahamic Philosophic Arguments for Abrahamic Studies, Peter Ochs
31. Christian Perspectives: Settings, Theology, Practices, and Challenges, David F. Ford
32. Islamic Perspectives, Tariq Ramadan

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