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The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature

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This work presents in English translation the largest collection ever assembled of the sayings and stories of Jesus in Arabic Islamic literature. In doing so, it traces a tradition of love and reverence for Jesus that has characterized Islamic thought for more than a thousand years. An invaluable resource for the history of religions, the collection documents how one ...more
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Published April 30th 2003 by Harvard University Press (first published 2001)
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Aug 15, 2016 Salma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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كتاب الإنجيل برواية المسلمين مقسم لقسمين، أما القسم الأول فهو مقدمة طويلة فيها دراسة لصورة المسيح عليه السلام في الإسلام و افتراقها عن صورة المسيح لدى المسيحية، سواء فيما يتعلق بطبيعته أو مهمته في نهاية الزمان، مع ذكر للدراسات الاستشراقية التي تصدت لهذا الموضوع، و كيفية معالجتها له... ثم دراسة الأقوال المنسوبة للمسيح في كتب التراث الإسلامي من الإسرائيليات من غير القرآن والسنة، و إطارها التاريخي و علاقتها بالمتصوفة و مقارنتها بالأدبيات المسيحية... و من الواضح أن المؤلف يتبنى طرحا علمانيا "دنيويا" ...more
Skylar Burris
Dec 14, 2010 Skylar Burris rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christians and Muslims
Shelves: islam
This was an interesting collection of sayings that have been attributed to Jesus in Islamic literature and tradition. The introduction was a bit dry, but I did learn a few interesting points from it. The notes following the sayings were helpful. It was especially interesting for me to see the parallels with and differences between the New Testament Gospel's version of some of these sayings. It would have been useful if the "sayings" had also included all portions of the Koran about Jesus; as is, ...more
The stories themselves are really interesting, but it's impossible to determine most of their authenticity. This book doesn't include anything about Jesus (AS) from the Qur'an, and very few of the stories even come from ahadith of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). I suppose the whole point is that these are stories whose authenticity can't be proven, but I guess I expected something different before I started reading.

It really doesn't help that the author looks at this with a skeptical point of view. It'
Lindsey Reyes
Oct 10, 2007 Lindsey Reyes rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: students of comparative religion
Shelves: religion, class, theology
Growing up only knowing the Christian view of Jesus, this book helped open my eyes to the similarities and differences of the Christian and Muslim views of Jesus. While Christianity views him as the savior and messiah, Islam views him as a prophet, a moral role model, and a traveling ascetic teacher. The Islamic slant of his death (or rather, his ascension into heaven while still alive) sets the tone for his return in quite a different way that the Christian view does. Another note: the ...more
Aug 26, 2010 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
عمل مهم آخر للباحث القدير طريف الخالدي، يتتبع فيه ما قيل عن المسيح في التراث الاسلامي، أي الرؤية الاسلامية ليسوع. يظهر المسيح في هذه النصوص شخصا مسلما، بل وطبيب عند الاطباء وفيلسوف عند الفلاسفة

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Apr 09, 2008 Danielle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 18+ Someone interested in studying Jesus in a context other than Christianity.
Recommended to Danielle by: Wendy Dasler Johnson
I read this book for class, and wrote the following in response to it. In short, the book provides an interesting perspective on the Muslim version of Jesus, but the way Khalidi describes how this Jesus came to be... well, decide for yourself.

Khalidi, Tarif. The Muslim Jesus. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.

Before I read The Muslim Jesus, I expected it to be a book that focused on an alternate view of Jesus. I already knew that Christians and Jews view Jesus differently, and that Musl
This book was recommended years ago by one of my teachers in response to one of my queries. Unfortunately, I was unable to obtain a copy, and further still was much delayed from reading it - finally now that I have - I must say it's been a rather pleasant, delightful and a wonderful read. Acquainting yourself remotely with the "Muslim Jesus" is at once spirit-boosting and humbling. A must read for those spiritually inclined, Muslims and non-Muslims alike; texts like these are a much needed ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Lynn rated it liked it
When I began my studies of Arabic Islamic history I kept hearing that the Christian Jesus and his mother Mary were most revered in Islam and that they showed up countless times in holy text.

I found this to be most surprising. It never occurred to me this thought. As with most historical religious study you tend to find or focus on those absolutes that separate us not the commons that bind us. My ignorance.

While this book is not necessarily exciting as it is not written that way. It is more of
Feb 12, 2010 Umar rated it liked it
An excellent work relating the Islamic conception of Jesus (alayhi salam) as an ascetic, something Christians can relate to. Khalidi does commentary on the sayings and stories- showing how some are related to certain Bible passages, other Gospels, other related Islamic texts and even citing reasons why some reports are fabricated. Hamza Yusuf wrote a similar piece, but Khalidi's work was on the shelf much earlier.

A man saw Jesus (peace be upon him) walking on water and asked, "How can
Jul 11, 2009 Dmcconkey rated it liked it
This book is very interesting. If you desire to know the differences between Islam's view of Jesus and Christianity's view then this is a must read. It accurately portrays the difference and gulf between the two. Khalidi has collected 303 sayings and stories of Jesus from Muslim literature and hadiths. He the translation, the sources of transmission and on most of them a brief commentary in relation to the Bible and/or the Quran. These are proceeded by a brief introduction on the what he calls ...more
Keith Akers
Jan 09, 2010 Keith Akers rated it really liked it
This is generally a more complete collection of the sayings in Islamic literature about Jesus than the one edited by Javad Nurbakhsh. Excellent book, including several sayings I would never have heard about otherwise.

There are two sayings which I could not find in Khalidi's collection which should probably be there. One is an account of Jesus taking explicitly pacifist views, and quoting from the Sermon on the Mount, cited in Al-Ghazali, cited in "A Moslem Seeker after God," p. 274. This may ha
Jan 31, 2012 Malini rated it it was amazing
I really love this, so far! I can't wait to dig in deeper. Here is a sample from the book:

231- It is said that once Jesus was sitting, an old man was working with a shovel scooping up the earth. Jesus said, "O God, remove hope from him." The old man put aside his shovel and lay down, remaining thus for an hour. Then Jesus said, "O God, restore hope to him." The man got up and began to work. Jesus asked him about this, and the man said, "While I was working, my spirit said to me, 'How long must y
Matt Friedman
Jul 25, 2011 Matt Friedman rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing compendium of Jesus stories and sayings, translated and presented in a scholarly manner, fraom a number of `Arabic sources. The explanatory notes, the chronological arrangement, and bibliographical notes make this a priceless resource on the subject of the idea of Jesus in early Islam. Much of it displays the often direct influence of the canonical Gospel narratives, and there are some stories which are actually from the monks of the desert, but attributed to Christ. There are ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Cecen rated it liked it
Judul : The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic
Tahun Terbit : 2003
Penerbit : Serambi Ilmu Semesta
Penulis : Tarif Khalidi

The Muslim Jesus berisi 303 kisah & ucapan Yesus yg dikumpulkan dari berbagai kitab Islam Klasik. Kisah- kisah & ucapan itu mengandung ajaran moral & spiritual terutama mengenai tauhid & pesan-pesan yg unik & mencerahkan. Gaya penyajian sengaja dibiarkan utuh: memadukan kedalaman-makna & keindahan-sastra sehingga sangat menarik namu
Hard to say what to make of this one. Jesus is represented as the follower of a religion which in historical sequence followed him. Many of these stories and sayings are reflective more of those who compiled them than they are of the historical Jesus, imho. And he comes off in many places as vindictive as a modern day Wahabbist imam, as much as he does a tolerant Sufi. Some instances of sexism and even pro-slavery, which clash with the Western impression as well. I feel safer holding back ...more
Mireille Riad
Jun 21, 2015 Mireille Riad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الخالدي خلق هنا المسيح الإسلامي المتشابه عن المسيح المسيحي في بعض النواحي ويختلف عنه في نواحٍ أخرى. فالإسلام يوقّر شخص المسيح ويرفض في وقت واحد فكرة ألوهيّته. والمسيح وصف في القرآن وفي التراث الإسلامي ب"روح الله" و"كلمة الله". ويصف الخالدي المسيح ب"النبي المسلم" ولكن مع جزء من صورة له توافق جزءاً من الصورة التي وردت في الأناجيل. فالمسيح "استٌخْدِم" ليؤدّي "دوراً رائداً في صوغ بعض المفاهيم الإسلامية وتدعيمها، كالتقوى والمسؤولية الدينية والعلاقة مع الدولة". كتاب ممتع ومليء بالمعلومات التي تنقص ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This is a really neat collection of sayings ascribed to Jesus from Muslim literature. Carefully annotated and thoroughly introduced, this is a unique book that adds to Christian/Muslim relations without arguing or reasoning. Even before reading this book, I had respect for Islam, but the respect I have now is more founded. Many thanks to the author for putting in the hard work and time this volume obviously required. What an achievement!
Azeezur Khan
Jul 27, 2016 Azeezur Khan rated it liked it
The book was informative and interesting, as it quite comprehensively managed to show how Islam views Jesus - as a man and prophet. The style of writing was simple and easy to read. However, unless you're on a mission to finish this book, it can get slightly boring. Took me quite a while to finish it even though it wasn't a very big book at all!

3 stars, only because I learnt quite a few new things here, and the research was done in depth for this book.
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Nov 23, 2015 كمال شقي rated it it was amazing
Shelves: islam, history
This book made up some of my Ramadan reading. Dr. Khalidi has collected here from Arabic Islamic literature sayings and stories attributed to Jesus (puh), giving a greater understanding of the overlap and interconnection of the Christian and Islamic faiths. Especially given the full-on crusading attempts to divide, this book is a welcome antidote to such current phobias and schisms.
Mar 14, 2014 catherine rated it really liked it
Many lovely sayings and things to consider throughout, unfortunately the editor explains throughout that some seemed to have been manipulated, which was slughtly sad for me because I was hoping to have found a book of more sound hadith about Jesus pbuh.
Apr 21, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well researched. I bought it for the collection of all the writings in one resource but found the Introduction alone to be worth every penny! For those unfamiliar with Islam's concept of Isa (Jesus), I highly recommend this book.
Fred Kohn
I thought this book was really outstanding, and I lack an explanation for its relatively low average rating. I thought I was getting just a collection of sayings and stories, but each saying had an accompanying explanation, and there was a lengthy and informative introduction.
Nov 14, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Interesting to note that Islam has its own sources for the sayings of Jesus. Some of these are not found within the Biblical account, but I think would be well worth anyone's time to read to understand how much of these sayings probably come from early Christian sources.
Cindy Benabderrahman
Apr 21, 2013 Cindy Benabderrahman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
I love this book. It provides a great deal of insight, and its format is clean and easy to understand.
Jul 12, 2008 Denise rated it it was ok
Arabic does not translate into English well. This made it extremely frustrating to decipher this book.
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Tarif Khalidi was born in Jerusalem in 1938. He received degrees from University College, Oxford, and the University of Chicago, before teaching at the American University of Beirut as a professor in the Department of History from 1970 to 1996. In 1985 he accepted a one-year position as senior research associate at St Anthony’s College, Oxford, and from 1991 to 1992 was a visiting overseas scholar ...more
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