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AM I NOT YOUR LORD? Human Meaning in Divine Question

Kenneth Cragg

What have ablutions at the mosque to do with the destruction of the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001? Rituals for cleansing are familiar in all the world religions but how do they belong with the structures of economic power and political passion? Are they only laundering exercises that leave untouched the guilt of high finance and the enmity of religious pride?

How should an honest realism evaluate the role of religions in the global scene today?

Where that inclusive question is resolved into the familiar formula of ‘Islam and the West’, how should Muslims and Christians, present in both hemispheres, read their responsibility in faith and practice?

This book takes up the tangled issues under the comprehensive question of Allah in the Qur’an (7.172) to world humanity: ‘Am I not your Lord?’ It reviews the long story and present relations of Islam and Christianity. Their liability to the world moves honestly only in their interrogation of themselves.

Kenneth Cragg has served as both scholar and bishop in the lands of the Middle East and also held academic posts in the UK, Lebanon, Nigeria and the USA.

He is the author of many studies in contemporary relations between the Semitic faiths. He is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and an Hon. D.D. of the University of Leeds and former Bye-Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

He presently serves as Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.

Language: English
ISBN: 1901764214
2002, hardcover, 256 pages, 21.5 x 14.0 cm