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Ungläubiges Staunen: Über das Christentum

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Was geschieht, wenn einer der bedeutendsten deutschen Schriftsteller, der selbst ein Muslim ist, sich in die christliche Bildwelt versenkt? Navid Kermani sieht staunend eine Religion voller Opfer und Klage, Liebe und Wunder, unvernünftig und abgründig, zutiefst menschlich und göttlich: ein Christentum, von dem Christen in dieser Ernsthaftigkeit, Kühnheit und auch Begeister ...more
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by C.H. Beck (first published August 28th 2015)
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Roger Brunyate
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Catholicism from an Islamic Perspective

Maria Advocata (late classical period, detail)

A book radiant with truth and beauty. Written by a Muslim scholar with deep humanity and an enquiring mind, it essentially asks the question “What is this Christianity that reveals itself in such extraordinary works of art?” It also strikes a special chord with me, as both a former professor of art history and a former Christian. I have moved on from both practices, but still retain an intense curiosity and a c
Roman Clodia
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not religious but what drew me to this book was the idea of someone with faith, albeit non Christian, contemplating the religious art of mostly, though not exclusively, the European Renaissance.

Kermani is a wonderful companion in these short essays, each of which engages with a piece of art: Rembrandt's Lazarus; Botticelli's disturbingly eroticised Christ; Caravaggio's brutal Judith, for example.

Moving fluidly across times, cultures, geographies and religions, Kermani brings an almost spont
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Navid Kermani gives a personal and intimate view into his experience of Christian art - full of tenderness, curiosity and a joyful eye for detail. His choice of works is personal instead of encyclopedic, giving the book the feeling of some evenings spent listening to a friend, rather than a dusty lecture. The fact that he is complementing his spacious knowledge with amazement and the fresh eye of an "outsider" - given the fact he is not Christian but Muslim - gives especially Christians the beau ...more
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ein Rundflug durch religiöse Kunst (viel Caravaggio) und Traditionen des Christentums - aus Sicht eines Muslims. Am Ende bleibt die größte aller Fragen: Wieso streitet man überhaupt um und unter den Religionen?
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sehr gutes Sachbuch, das gar nicht dröge daherkommt. Die gelegentlichen Einschübe zum IS empfand ich teilweise als aufgesetzt.
Piet Michael
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dieses Buch ist erkenntnisreich und lehrt vieles über das Christentum, aber auch den Islam. Es ist gut geschrieben und dadurch nur ein weiterer Grund, ab und an nicht nur Romane und Erzählungen zu lesen, sondern zu Essays zu greifen. Das einzig bedauerliche von meiner Seite aus betrachtet ist Kermanis Fixierung auf Caravaggio, was aber keine Minderung der Gedankengänge bzw Ergebnisse der Themen bedeutet. Kermani ist vielleicht nicht der beste Romancier, aber ein geistreicher und großartiger Essa ...more
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Augustin Chartier
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Navid Kermani, auteur musulman s’intéresse à l’art chrétien ; drôle d’idée ! Que peut-il en dire lui qui ne croit pas que Jésus est mort et ressuscité ? Dans son ouvrage l’auteur ne cherche pas à détourner l’art chrétien, bien au contraire il nous le fait découvrir ou redécouvrir d’une manière toute nouvelle. Il nous relate de véritables expériences spirituelles devant ces œuvres. Mêlant ainsi son expérience personnelle de la foi dans sa propre religion et des expériences authentiques de vie spi ...more
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: meine-bücher
Sehr erhellend! Auch über den islamischen Blick auf Religion!
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Navid Kermani, born 1967, lives as an Islamic scholar, journalist and writer in Cologne.
“But why so I call her Virgin if I don't believe in her as the Mother of God? One word: touched. God has touched her. That is both grace and torment; it raises up and strikes down; it is both a caress and the blow of a hammer. All is lost and God suffices.” 1 likes
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