By Simon A. Wood

Responding to arguments made within the Victorian interval that Islam is 'irrational' or 'inferior to Christianity' and that the unification of non secular and political strength is a 'barrier to progress,' Rida sought to guard Islam and infrequently charged Christianity of its personal model of irrationality. wooden analyzes those arguments and contends that Rida's paintings can't be separated from the interval of colonial humiliation from which it originated. He additionally takes at the conventional accusation that Rida used to be a fundamentalist and argues that he used to be actually highly modernist.

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093 28/09/2007 11:32 AM Page 16 16 Christian Criticisms, Islamic Proofs ‘Abduh also stressed the deficiency of Christian doctrine and ethics. In Islam and Christianity, he drew on the thought of Renan, Spencer, and Tolstoy to argue that Christianity is incompatible with modern science. 45 ‘Abduh’s rejection of the incarnation returns us to the issue of scriptural corruption. ” Such expressions, ‘Abduh argues, are metaphors. 46 45. Ayoub, Islam and Christianity, 122 on. 46. Tafsı¯r, iii, 345. mad Kha¯n.

Ridgeon, Crescents on the Cross, 5–7. 34. Ridgeon, Crescents on the Cross, 7. 35. On al-Mana¯r and Tafsı¯r al-Mana¯r, see Chapter Two below. ”36 According to Ford, this indicates ‘Abduh did not subscribe to the traditional doctrine that the gospels were textually corrupt. Goddard draws the same conclusion: for ‘Abduh, the issue is corruption of meaning, not corruption of text. 37 ‘Abduh’s tafsı¯r does contain statements criticizing the traditional Muslim view of Biblical corruption. His commentary on the Qur’anic reference to the People of the Book “concealing” the scripture (2:159) is more explicit than the statement quoted above.

On the latter, see Article Two, 10; Article Ten, 47; Article Fourteen, 60; and Article Fifteen, 77. 1o. D. B. ra” in EI. 11. R. Arnaldez, “Ibn Rushd” in EI. 093 28/09/2007 11:37 AM Page 40 40 Christian Criticisms, Islamic Proofs become an example against their own religion, and calls for uniting or finding common ground between Islam and Christianity. In a conversation with Niqu¯la¯ Ghibrı¯l, one of his opponents, he comments that the difference between Muslims and Islam is equal to or greater than that between Christians and Christianity (Article Two, 9).

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