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The Cross in Rūmī’s Maṯnawī

“A cursory reading of Rūmī’s Maṯnawī suggests that the author follows the dominant Qur’ānic interpretation denying Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion. Closer analysis demonstrates, however, that Rūmī interprets the Cross and considers its spiritual significance in a subtle and symbolic way. This study addresses this contradiction by developing a synthesis that clarifies Rūmī’s spiritual anthropology. In the Islamic context, his writing constitutes a significant attempt to understand and interpret the Christian Scriptures and overcome sensitive points of conflict that are considered dividing lines between the faiths.”


Une lecture rapide du Maṯnawī de Rūmī suggère que l’auteur suit l’interprétation dominante du Coran niant la crucifixion de Jésus-Christ. Une analyse plus approfondie démontre cependant que Rūmī interprète la Croix et considère sa signification spirituelle d’une manière subtile et symbolique. Cette étude aborde cette contradiction en développant une synthèse qui clarifie l’anthropologie spirituelle de Rūmī. Dans le contexte islamique, ses écrits constituent une tentative significative de comprendre et d’interpréter les Écritures chrétiennes et de surmonter les points sensibles de conflit considérés comme des lignes de démarcation entre les religions.

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Christianity and Islam: theologians in dialogue

Cahiers de la Revue théologique de Louvain N°45 co-edited by Michel Younès and André Wénin. This book initiates a dialogue between Christian and Muslim theologians on how the former view Islam and ...


The document on human fraternity: a new horizon for Islamic-Christian dialogue? (Italian)

Lecturers : Adnane Mokrani, P. Laurent Basanese S.J. Moderator: Valentino Cottini   Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, April 8th, 2019 This conference marks the launch of the r...


Islam and non-violence: from theory to practice

Lecture given at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, on January 10, 2019


Training for dialogue

Lecture given at the Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome, 23 January 2015.


Towards an islamic dialogical and a-controversial theology

First International Congress of the University Platform for Research on Islam in Europe and Lebanon (PLURIEL): theological area Speaker: Adnane Mokrani, Associate Professor at the Pontifical Ins...


The dialogue between the Focolare Movement and Muslims

Original title : "Il dialogo del Movimento dei Focolari con i Musulmani" Abstract : Academic meetings and relationships between official representatives of the Christian Churches and of Muslim c...


Ashura in sunnite mirrors, confused borders between joy and sadness

SUMMARY: This article analyzes the Sunnite views of ‘Āshūrā’ and the assassination/martyrdom of al–Ḥusayn, the grandson of the Prophet Muḥammad. It is not an exhaustive work; it is rather selective...

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