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Zishan Ahmad Ghaffar

Professor of Quranic exegesis at the Islamic Theological Seminary of the University of Paderborn. Since October 2021, he is the director of the Centre for Comparative Theology at the University of Paderborn (ZeKK).

From 2017 to 2020: Research assistant for the Corpus Quranicum project of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Research areas: classical Qur’anic exegesis (tafsīr), historical-critical Qur’anic exegesis, Qur’anic theology, Biography of the Prophet (sīra), The historical Muhammad, Comparative theology, Genesis and Islamic history, Syriac Christianity

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Universität Bonn - Germany

Theology of Prophecy in Dialogue (Bonn)

Research group of the University of Paderborn.
The Qur’anic approach to prophecy challenges Jewish and Christian perspectives for a variety of reasons. The Qur’an seems to have some concrete features of prophets in mind that are not completely coherent with the Biblical tradition. Moreover, it is the selection of prophets within the Qur’an that is idiosyncratic and confusing from Jewish and Christian perspectives. For example, important prophets, such as Isaiah and Jeremiah, do not appear by name in the Qurʾan but Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, considered as patriarchs in the Bible, are named prophets in the Qur´an.

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Universität Paderborn - Germany

Qur’anic Approaches to Jesus Christ in the Perspective of Comparative Theology (Closed)

The project will therefore scrutinize whether it is feasible, from a particularly Christian perspective, to recognize the Quranic appreciations of Jesus of Nazareth as a form of Christology, which could possibly be saying something valuable to Christians. In accordance with that thought one can also ask, whether the Christian faith could accommodate to a certain extend the depiction of Jesus of Nazareth in the Quran within its own frame of belief and could the peculiarity of this approach be regarded as an enrichment of the Christian identity. Similarly, a Muslim Comparative Theology should discuss the question whether the relationship between the Christian confession of Jesus as the Christ and the Quranic statements about Jesus can be reviewed on the grounds of offering a new understanding of Jesus to Islamic thought.

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