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Title:Nairobi Muslims' Concept of Prophethood, with Particular Reference to Issa Ibn Maryam
Author:Jones, Richard J.
Year:2002
Periodical:Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume:22
Issue:2
Period:October
Pages:469-477
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Christianity
prophets
Islam
Religion and Witchcraft
Muslim-Christian relations
theology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/1360200022000027410
Abstract:This paper examines the concept of prophethood in Islam and Christianity and offers a comparison in their perceptions of the personality of one prophet: Issa, son of Mary, among Muslims of Nairobi, Kenya, and Jesus, son of God, among Nairobi Christians. Nairobi Muslims, in the face of highly visible expressions of faith from their dominant Christian neighbours, hold to the doctrine of messengers sent by God prior to the Prophet Muhammad. Familiarity with the English language induces many such Muslims to speak readily of Jesus as one among the prior prophets. However, Issa ibn Maryam tends to remain one category of meaning, one point of density on the Nairobi Muslims' mental map, while Jesus, as conceptualized in Nairobi Christian minds and articulated in Nairobi Muslims' hearing, is a cluster of meaning with quite different shape and weight. Christian evangelism may be sobered by this difference. The paper is based among others on 12 interviews with Nairobi Muslims conducted in 2000. App., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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