By Hans Küng
For greater than twenty years the area religions were a imperative subject for Hans Küng. In books, that have encouraged hundreds of thousands all through human society, he has pioneered paintings in the direction of a brand new discussion among cultures. during this striking complete publication, he supplies an in-depth account of Islam, the second one biggest global faith after Christianity. Describing paradigm shifts in its 1400-year background, outlining a few of the currents and surveying the positions of Islam at the pressing questions of the day, few present-day theologians can have written one of these whole research. As in Küng's prior experiences on Judaism (1991) and Christianity (1994), he makes a speciality of the relevant ideas within the religion and seeks to teach the parallels among the monotheistic international religions. With exact research of the contents and that means of the Koran, he demanding situations the idea that individuals of alternative religions are intrinsically antagonistic. certainly, within the creation of this thought-provoking and robust e-book, he explicitly offers its message as in direct contradiction to that of the influential conflict of Civilisations (1993), by way of Samuel Huntington. rather than providing Islam because the new 'enemy' in a publish chilly struggle international, and concerning the present overseas scenario as a choice for additional armament and hatred, he means that a "peace among religions" is a prerequisite for "peace among nations". Informative, opinionated and enormously well-constructed, it is a masterpiece via the main pupil in his box. In a global the place realizing of worldwide politics calls for an information of Islam, there's no larger position to start.
"A extraordinary 'tour de force' by way of our best residing theologian". Lord George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, 1991-2002
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Hans Kung is the writer of many books together with 'Eternal Life?', 'Global Responsibility', and 'Credo: The Apostles' Creed defined for Today'. he's at present Professor Emeritus of Ecumenical Theology on the collage of Tuebingen and President of the worldwide Ethic beginning in Germany and Switzerland. he's largely said to be one of many maximum theologians of the 20th century.
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The hostile image of Islam Although the fundamental phenomenon has probably existed since the beginnings of human thought, the terms ‘hostile image’ or ‘hostile stereotype’ are modern; they emerged when the East-West conﬂict was losing its tension and became popular in the Second Gulf War. Since the crime against humanity committed on 11 September 2001 by blinkered fanatics, there has been a danger that world politics will be utterly determined by the hostile image of Islam, matched all too easily on the Muslim side by a hostile image of the West.
9 The self-conﬁdent and often ironic remarks about Islam are full of misunderstandings and the Christian answers lack any self-critical reﬂection. The section ends with a silly passage about a surah said to be about a female camel. 10 A series of verdicts (Muhammad was a cheat, an epileptic, the Antichrist and a servant of Satan) and legends were disseminated across the Greek world. It was said, for example, that a Christian monk whom Muhammad later had murdered taught him the Qur’an; that he regarded a dove which had eaten grains from his ear as the Holy Spirit and revealer and that his tomb in Mecca had been seen suspended in the air by magnetic forces.
The hostile image provokes even more hostile reactions, and in so doing proves to be a self-fulﬁlling prophecy. It sharpens conﬂicts, encourages escalation, makes a realistically differentiated estimate of others difﬁcult and understanding apparently impossible, and thus prepares the ground for military conﬂicts such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq. But can one enter into a serious dialogue with Muslims at all? Is dialogue impossible? ,’ a television journalist once asked me in an ironic and superior way.
Islam: Past, Present and Future by Hans Küng