"Humanity: Texts and Contexts" is a record of the 2007 Singapore "Building Bridges" seminar, an annual dialogue between Muslim and Christian scholars cosponsored by Georgetown University and the Archbishop of Canterbury. This volume explores three central questions: What does it mean to be human? What is the significance of the diversity that is evident among human beings? And what are the challenges that humans face living within the natural world? A distinguished group of scholars focuses on the theological responses to each of these questions, drawing on the wealth of material found in both Christian and Islamic scriptures. Part one lays out the three issues of human identity, difference, and guardianship. Part two explores scriptural texts side by side, pairing Christian and Islamic scholars who examine such themes as human dignity, human alienation, human destiny, humanity and gender, humanity and diversity, and humanity and the environment. In addition to contributions from an international cast of outstanding scholars, the book includes an afterword by Archbishop Rowan Williams.
The Venerable Dr. Michael Ipgrave is the Archdeacon of Southwark, Church of England. The Reverend Dr. David Marshall is the academic director of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Building Bridges seminar and a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University.
IntroductionHumanity in ContextMichael Ipgrave Part One: Human Identity, Difference, and Guardianship 1. Being Human The Image of God, Human Dignity, and VocationNg Kam Weng Being Human in IslamMona Siddiqui 2. Living with Difference Affinity, Inclusion, and Mission: Christian Resources for Living with DifferenceMichael Ipgrave Islam and Human Diversity: Vernacular Religion Confronts the Categories of Race and CultureVincent Cornell 3. Guardians of the Environment Guardianship of the Environment: An Islamic Perspective in the Context of Religious Studies, Theology, and Sustainable DevelopmentAzizan Baharuddin Slayers or Stewards? Ecological Guardianship in the Christian TraditionMichael Northcott Part Two: Scriptural Texts on Being Human4. Human Dignity Genesis 1:26-31Ellen Davis al-Baqara 2:30-35Muhammad Abdel Haleem 5. Human Alienation Genesis 3; Romans 7:15-25Mona Siddiqui al-Baqara 2:36-39; T ' H ' 20:115-124Daniel Madigan6. Human Destiny Isaiah 65:17-25; Revelation 21:1-8, 21:22-22:5Roland Chia al-Ra m n 55:26-78; Al-Qiy ma 75:20-25Seyed Amir Akrami 7. Humanity and Gender Genesis 2:18-25, Ephesians 5:21-33Tim Winter al-A z b 33:35; al-R m 30:21; al-Nis ' 4:34; al-Baqara 2:228Jane Dammen McAuliffe 8. Humanity and Diversity Isaiah 2:1-5; Galatians 3:28-29; Revelation 7:9-10John Prior H d 11:118; al-R m 30:20-22; al-F ir 35:27-28; al- ujur t 49:13Osman Bakar 9. Humanity and the Environment Jeremiah 5:20-25, 18:13-17; Romans 8:18-23Michael Northcott al-An' m 6:141-42; 6:38; al-R m 30:41; al-Na l 16:112Mohamed Yunus Yasin Afterword: Reflections on Humanity in Text and ContextRowan Williams
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